Jordyn Schara of North Freedom won third place in the 2012 Kids Who Give contest, sponsored by Farm Rich. This is a national program focused on young people, ages 7 to 17, who dedicate their time and energy to improving the lives of others.
As a 14-year-old, Schara, now 17, started Foundation HOPE, Helping Our Peers Excel. This nonprofit organization launched Project READ, Reading Equipment for America’s Defenders, in which she organized her community to send more than 1,800 pounds of reading material to troops overseas.
Schara also led WI P2D2, Wisconsin Prescription Pill and Drug Disposal, project, which educated the public about prescription drug abuse and how to properly dispose of unwanted drugs through collection programs and 24/7 drug disposal boxes.
Her third community service project C4C, Comics 4 Change, established comic book libraries in her school district to engage struggling young readers so they develop the critical skills necessary to read more challenging works.
She received $1,000 for this win and is eligible for the online voting competition in early 2013 for the grand prize of $10,000.
“The projects developed by these young people are truly remarkable,” said Jennifer Meetz, Farm Rich director of marketing.
Visit www.kidswhogive.com to find out more about the contest. The deadline for the fall/winter quarter is Dec. 31, and applications are being accepted.