2006 Student of the Year Winner
Community Spirit Award
Imagine waking up one day to find out that a kid on the other side of the world had sent you a winning lottery ticket. That’s basically what David Campion-Smith, 10, did for dozens of children in Africa.
David discovered that for people living in poverty in developing countries, owning a goat gives a family a source of income. With the money from the goat’s milk, a family can allow their children to go to school instead of working in the fields. But goats are so expensive (worth more than most families earn in a whole year) that few people can afford this luxury.
Last year, David approached his principal, Heather Graham, with an idea for his school to raise money for Free the Children, an organization that helps kids in developing nations. The result was a two-week fundraising drive called “David’s Dream – Changing Me to We.” Students held bake sales, Yu-Gi-Oh tournaments, penny auctions, basketball shootouts etc. The drive was such as success that the school raised $4,100, equal to 82 goats!
“It was great!” says David, who hopes other kids will get involved with similar projects to help less-fortunate people around the world. His advice to get started: “Contact your principal early in your planning, and research the organization really well to find out what you can raise money for.”