hey hey! Perhaps you participated in Sally’s fundraising efforts through custompendulums.com so she could attend the Junior National Young Leaders’ Conference in Washington, D.C. Ring a bell? Well she is headed there tomorrow (Saturday, June 18th) and she is SUPER excited and VERY grateful to all those who bought a pendulum (or three) or otherwise contributed, to help her achieve her goal!
Here’s the breaking news story:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Middle School Student to Attend Junior National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C.
Castle Rock, CO – DCS Montessori Charter School seventh grader Sally Grant will join middle school students from across the United States to participate in an extraordinary leadership development experience, the 2016 Junior National Young Leaders Conference (JrNYLC), an Envision program. The program provides an historical view of leadership and encourages young scholars like Sally Grant to develop their own leadership skills and strategies for success in the 21st century.
Despite the fact that Sally Grant is no stranger to leadership, she says she was “a little surprised” to receive the prestigious nomination from her former third-grade teacher, Perezza Daniels. At twelve years old, Grant is Red Cross Certified in babysitting and CPR, and enjoys working with children, especially those with special needs. Grant holds a Blue Senior belt in TaeKwonDo and frequently helps younger students succeed at her dojang, under the direction of Grand Master Han Won Lee, at Han Lee’s TaeKwonDo Academy. Lee, former Olympian and Olympic head coach, expressed high praises for Grant, stating, “Sally is an exceptional student who goes out of her way to help others succeed.”
Grant will fly alone to Washington, D.C. this weekend, where she will join sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students to take part in fun and exciting workshops and simulations to confront the challenges faced by important leaders from the nation’s past. The scholars will explore historically significant sites such as Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and monuments and memorials throughout Washington, D.C. to reflect upon and learn from leaders and events of the past.
Attendance at JrNYLC is not inexpensive by any measure. Total costs exceed three thousand dollars for Grant to attend the six-day event. Grant herself raised nearly sixty percent of these costs, through babysitting and the help of a special two-week fundraising sale in her own business, CustomPendulums.com. Grant designs, creates, and sells unique pendulums for metaphysical and spiritual purposes.
Sally comments, “My favorite quote is from Dr. Seuss: ‘A person’s a person, no matter how small.’ To me, this isn’t just about being kind and fair to others. It’s about the difference once person—even a small person—can make.”
Grant is living proof of this. After learning how the Douglas/Elbert Task Force was in desperate need of basic toiletries (soap, toothpaste, shampoo, etc.) for local families in need, Grant organized a neighborhood drive, during which she collected and subsequently donated one hundred and eighty-one (181) pounds of assorted toiletries. According to Task Force Volunteer Coordinator Marion Dahlem, Grant’s efforts “may be our single largest non-food donation ever from a single individual. Anyone who doubts that one person can make a difference should meet Sally.”
About Sally Grant
Sally Grant (age 12) lives in Castle Rock with her family and is entering seventh grade at DCS Montessori Charter School. When she’s not babysitting, creating pendulums, or taking TaeKwonDo classes, Sally enjoys drawing, painting, and reading anything she can get her hands on. She was recently awarded first place and Best of Show for her painting entitled “Painted Pear” at her school’s art fair.
About the JrNYLC
JrNYLC prepares students to utilize their improved leadership skills to promote positive change in their schools and communities through social advocacy. Students will work with their peers to create action plans for change to put into practice when they return home. For more information about the Junior National Young Leaders Conference, visit http://www.envisionexperience.com/Leadership