17-year-old Chase Lessard of Biddeford, Maine, was nominated for his involvement in his community and dedication to the Biddeford Teen Center. As Teen Center President, Chase shows up to the everyday after school and hosts meetings, plans fundraisers, and coordinates volunteer opportunities. Chase has assisted at city events including the Biddeford Recreation Halloween Party and the Community Garden project, where he helped build and preserve the garden. His dedication to his community and eagerness to make a difference is why he has become an outstanding role model who inspires others to do the same.
10-year-old Ella Madden of Biddeford, Maine, was nominated for her compassion and selflessness. She volunteers regularly in both her community and at school, and recently ran a donation drive to provide winter jackets, gloves, and hats to those in need. For her 10th Birthday, Ella donated the money she received as gifts to the Barbara Bush Children’s hospital to help children who were less fortunate than herself. Most recently, Ella donated another $100 of her own money to help kids who have been impacted by COVID or other illnesses. Ella’s selfless actions are a testament to her character and compassion and demonstrate her commitment to making the world a better place.
11-year-old Lilyanne Mangold-Drohan of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, was nominated for her dedication to improving her community and saving the environment. Lilyanne organized a series of neighborhood trash clean-ups and removed over 30 bags of trash from the Portsmouth roadside. She also donated money to Oceana and the World Wildlife Foundation for each bag of trash collected to incentivize her friends to participate. Lilyanne’s dedication to her community and eagerness to help the environment is so inspiring, we can’t wait to see all the other great things she does next!
13-year-old Tyzo Diallo of Kittery, Maine, was nominated for his compassion and dedication to his community. He goes above and beyond in both school and his community and is known for his kindness and respect. Tyzo participates on his school’s Civil Rights team, working hard to make sure that every student feels welcome, safe, and respected. Around town, you can find Tyzo helping collect nonperishable food for community members, or simply spreading kindness to those around him. Tyzo’s dedication is a testament to his character and inspires others in his community to follow his lead.
14-year-old Jordan Rendleman of Conway, New Hampshire, was nominated for his kindness and dedication to helping people in his community. Jordan has dedicated his summer to raising money to make the playground at his community center handicap and wheelchair accessible. He believes that all kids should be able to enjoy the playground. Jordan’s selfless actions and dedication to helping others is inspiring, and we can’t wait to see all the great things he does!
10-year-old Hadley Maloney of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, was nominated for her kindness and compassion towards others, especially within her community. She is known for her infectious smile and her numerous acts of kindness. Hadley is a warm and welcoming friend to everyone, especially those who need it most, and often writes cheery notes for all her neighbors. Hadley’s compassion and commitment to spreading joy is a testament to her character and inspires others in her community to follow her lead.\
7-year-old Jacob Lavertu of Berlin, New Hampshire, was nominated for his commitment to spreading joy. When Jacob’s bike went in June of 2020, his community rallied together to help raise money to buy him a new bike. Surprised by the donations from friends and family, Jacob suggested that any extra money go toward buying bikes for foster kids. Since then, Jacob started his own fundraiser, and has given 14 brand new bikes to kids in foster care and plans to continue raising money to ensure every kid grows up with a bike. Jacob’s commitment to helping people and spreading joy is incredible, and we can’t wait to see what other great things he does in the future!
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11-year-old Aya Hassan Ahmed of Manchester, New Hampshire, was nominated for her kindness and dedication to helping others. She goes above and beyond in the classroom and around her community and is known for spreading cheer to those who need it most. Aya helps in her school store during her lunch period and gave each teacher in the building a handmade Thanksgiving card. Aya’s commitment to helping people and spreading joy is incredible, and we can’t wait to see what other great things she does in the future!
17-year-old Caitlin McDonough from Portsmouth, New Hampshire, was nominated by her supervisor for her dedication and involvement in the community. She goes above and beyond scholastically, socially, and philanthropically by volunteering in the community. Caitlin is known for her cheer and desire to spread kindness to her peers, and truly making a positive impact in so many people’s lives, and we know her dedication will inspire others to do the same.
9-year-old Ruby Emerson of Hopkinton, New Hampshire, was nominated by her teacher for her empathy and countless acts of kindness. She is always the first to offer her peers help and makes sure that everyone always feels included. Ruby goes above and beyond in the classroom, athletically and socially and is a friend that everyone can count on. Ruby is known for helping her peers and spreading kindness, and truly making a positive impact in so many peoples’ lives. We know her dedication will inspire others to do the same.
10-year-old Olivia Herrington of Charlestown, New Hampshire, was nominated for her kindness and dedication to help others. She goes above and beyond in the classroom and around her community and is known for spreading cheer to those who need it most. Olivia makes dog toys and treats in her free time and donates them to her local food pantry so that people in need can bring something home for their dog too. Olivia’s commitment to helping people and spreading joy is incredible, and we can’t wait to see what other great things she does in the future!
12-year-old Gibson Griffith of Lee, New Hampshire, was nominated for his many acts of kindness and his commitment to helping others. Gibson has raised money and gathered donations for Syrian refugees, disabled veterans, nursing homes, the homeless, wildlife affected by fires in Australia, as well as his local community. Gibson is known for spreading kindness throughout his community and making a positive impact in so many people’s lives. We know his commitment to helping people will inspire others to do the same.