Animal Lover Lauren Starts Charity

Lauren is kind and always thinks of others first. She is a devoted animal lover and has a great sense of humor. Lauren works hard at school and is well liked by both teachers and peers.

Q. Tell our readers about the charity you started.

A. I started a lemonade stand four years ago to make extra money. It grew into something so big at the LPGA golf tournament, we decided to turn it into 100 percent charity. Last year we raised $1041.00 for the Arizona Animal Welfare League and Cleft & Craniofacial Center.

Q. What organizations did you raise money for? What made you choose them?

A. We chose the AZ Animal Welfare because I love animals and I want to help the animals in shelters any way I can. We chose Cleft & Craniofacial Center because our neighbor was born with a cleft palate and we wanted to support it.

Q. You also accomplished a lot with your girl scout troop this year, can you tell us more about that?

A. My Girl Scout Troop put together and donated 50 bags of food to Kitchen on The Street for kids who don’t have enough food. We also rehabilitated the tortoise habitat at Benchmark. We got donations from Home Depot and planted flowers, grass, bushes, cactus and made a garden for food. Also, through our cookie sales, we are donating 265 boxes of cookies to the Veterans Hospital.

Q. What other things do you like to do for fun?

A. I like art, and I like to play volleyball, tennis and swim. I also love to play with my 2 dogs.

Q. Do you have any plans for the future?

A. I would like to become a professional volleyball player or a famous artist.

Lauren is a fifth grader at Benchmark Elementary.

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