Texas Teen Spends Summer Giving Back
By Nealeigh Mitchell July 04,2012
Maeve Mitchell may be young but she’s already making her mark in her local community.
For the past four years, the Texas teen has been working with her Girl Scout Group and actively participating in the National Junior Honor Society. She chose these two organizations for their commitment to service and empowering future leaders.
Out of the hundreds of projects she’s helped with, one of her fondest memories is redecorating the living room at a local Salvation Army. She and her fellow Girl Scouts bought new furniture and toys to fill the freshly-painted room, all to the surprise of the residents.
This selfless philanthropy doesn’t go unnoticed. Her strong devotion to her faith and efforts as an active American citizen earned her this year’s American Way Award, an honor given to one male and female eighth grader attending a private school in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Receiving this honor in front of her eighth-grade graduating class helped solidify her dedication to giving back. “I get a thrill from helping people in any way,” says Maeve. “I am and always will be excited to assist the community or even the world in any way possible.”
School may be out for the summer but the former Student of the Month has busy days ahead. When she’s not hanging out with her friends, she’ll be enjoying her fourth year as a Vacation Bible School volunteer. In the past she’s assisted in the Nursery and Music rooms and is excited to see where she lands this year.
The future freshman is already looking toward her future and knows her volunteering experience will take her far. “I have thought about many career paths and no matter what the position, I know leadership will be important. I feel like I have found my calling- helping people and being a leader.”
Maeve says volunteering has opened her eyes to the plights of underprivileged people around the world and plans to start a service organization for people in need. Let’s congratulate this top teen for making a difference in her community! Keep up the great work!
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