Amazing Kids! Magazine

Amazing Kids! of the Month – November 2013 – Caitlin Casady

Caitlin Casady, Amazing young activist, volunteer, and writer
By Kasey Dallman, AKOM Writer

 

Quote of the Month

“Choose something you LOVE to do. Then it doesn’t feel like work!”
-Caitlin Casady, 13-year-old amazing young activist, volunteer, and writer.

Amazing Kid! of the Month

13-year-old Caitlin Casady does it all! She volunteers for an overwhelming number of organizations, is on an anti-bullying committee at her school, and is an award winning young writer! And that is just to name a few.

Amazing Kids! is so excited to announce Caitlin as November’s Amazing Kid of the Month. Keep reading to find out about Caitlin’s commitment to helping others and how you can get involved too!

Volunteering

Caitlin volunteers at many places in her hometown of Tulsa, Okla. These include her church, the local food bank, her school, and the library. Caitlin’s favorite volunteer experience is with the Holiday Assistance Program through Family and Children’s Services. “It assists by providing hope and healing to abused children, mentally ill individuals, and families in crisis,” Caitlin said.

Caitlin outside of Family and Children’s services.

Caitlin outside of Family and Children’s services.

Normally, the organization does not let those young than 16 volunteer. However, Caitlin is the exception, as both her parents help out with the program. In fact, she has been helping out since she was 4! Way to go Caitlin!

As a volunteer, she purchases and wraps presents for a specific family based on their individual needs. The best part? Seeing the joy on the faces of children as presents are delivered to them and their families.

Caitlin’s resume of volunteer work is inspiring! And it is all motivated by her joy in helping others. Whether it’s filling shoeboxes with gifts, collecting cans for the food bank, or raising money for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Caitlin is already making a great difference in her community!

In addition to Caitlin’s volunteer work, she is also a budding photographer.

In addition to Caitlin’s volunteer work, she is also a budding photographer.

How does she balance everything? “Time-management is essential. It is important to prioritize because something usually must be given up.” For Caitlin, she sacrificed dance and a few other extracurricular activities so she could stay involved with other activities while maintaining straight A’s and staying on the Superintendent’s Honor Roll. “Sometimes all the additional activities can be overwhelming, but helping others makes it all worthwhile,” she said. Congrats Caitlin!

Turning Lemons into Lemonade

Caitlin’s volunteer work is spectacular. And when she isn’t helping out her community, she is helping out her school. Last year, Caitlin was a victim of school bullying. Being bullied can be very rough, but Caitlin managed to push through and even maintain high grades.

Now, she is the only student representative on her school’s Safe, Fit, and Healthy Kids committee. As a student representative, she meets monthly with the principal, teachers, and other school officials to discuss plans and methods to improve the school. This includes anything from eliminating bullying to improving health and fitness.

Caitlin has some rock star advice to any of our reader’s who may be victims of bullying. “Speak up. Tell someone you trust, whether it is a parent or a respected teacher.”

She is even helping other kids speak up at her school! Her idea of using an online form to report bullying was implanted by her school.

Writing Extraordinaire

Caitlin’s love of reading and volunteering at her local library led to another passion: writing! After taking a workshop a few summers ago to hone her writing skills, she has been placing in writing competitions across the country!

Caitlin was a finalist in Mrs. P’s Be A Famous Writer competition, won second place in the Child’s Division of Garth’s Annual Biography of an Object, and won second place in the “Using Fact in Fiction” category of Writing Classes for Kids. Caitlin is even a book reviewer for Stone Soup magazine!

Surrounded by books her whole life, gave way to her inspiration to write! “Reading and writing go hand-in-hand. It is an expression of your innermost thoughts and feelings in a creative way.”

This past year Caitlin attended the Oklahoma Association of Gifted, Creative and Talented conference. At the event she got to read her short stories and was awarded the Nicholas Green Distinguished Student Award.

Caitlin reading her short story at the University of Central Oklahoma.

Caitlin reading her short story at the University of Central Oklahoma.

We can’t wait to see where Caitlin’s writing takes her next!

Recognized for Excellence

Caitlin’s hard work hasn’t gone unnoticed. She was selected as a 2013 regional winner of the Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program. The honor is given to select young volunteers across the country every year! As a winner, Caitlin has received a $1000 scholarship for college. How awesome!

Congratulations Caitlin on all your success!

Congratulations Caitlin on all your success!

In addition, Caitlin received the Board of Trustees Scholarship from the National Society for the Gifted and Talented, and was able to attend the Summerscape program at The Drury University Center for Gifted Education.

Caitlin dreams of becoming a photographer, and we are certain that she will go far! And for all of our readers, Caitlin would like to leave you with advice on how you can start helping out your community. “Choose something you love to do. Then it doesn’t feel like work.”

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