I think literacy is so important. If a child hasn't learned to read by the third grade, he will be permanently disadvantaged for the rest of his life. So I volunteer at a local school, helping teach children who are below grade-level with their reading skills, so that they'll get up to speed. When they make progress, it is so gratifying for me.
I believe very strongly in conservation of natural resources, because they are finite. I talk to everyone I know, to give them tips on how to generate less waste, and to be resourceful in using and reusing/recycling things they already have. I'd like to think I'm not just wasting my breath, because at my age, my breath is a limited resource.
High school student
I feel strongly about the lack of education in certain places like India, where not everyone is given the same opportunity to go to school and to learn. So during the last winter break, I went to India and built a computer lab in a school for mentally and physically challenged students.
Animal over-population is a huge issue. There are so many cats and dogs euthanized each year in shelters. So I do a lot of volunteer work to promote spay/neuter programs, and also to ban the sale of cats and dogs at pet stores who purchase their animals from puppy mills.
I am a fierce proponent of donating blood in order to save lives. I donate a pint of blood at every opportunity, which is once every three months. I try to bring a friend with me so that we become what I like to call "blood buddies."
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