Driving the Cunningham family’s volunteer work is research showing that being able to read by third grade is critical to success in school and as an adult. Plus, sisters Maggie and Harper say, reading is simply one of the great pleasures in life.
Adam Hoffman says his grandmother’s stories about the Holocaust have helped shape him. He began volunteering at a local food bank and was concerned that much available food offered to banks and pantries by area grocers eventually expired because the food banks did not have enough personnel to make regular pick-ups.
After watching a documentary about a surgeon who traveled to North Korea and returned sight to people suffering from cataracts, Shalin Shah was moved. The gesture, and the ailment, was an eye-opener for Shalin, now a 16-year-old junior, who is using his passion for computer science to serve the blind.
In Jackie Lomax’s world, there simply was no encouragement for girls to pursue what’s commonly known today as STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers. Lomax decided to change the paradigm for her own daughter, to “reverse the curse,” as she now puts it.