Seventh Grader at Saint Thomas Aquinas Starts Letter Writing Campaign For Troops

Q. You do a few community outreach activities, tell us about them?

A. I really love to do community outreach activities. Besides serving for some local community services like AZ Small Dog Rescue, St. Vincent de Paul, St. Mary’s Food Bank, and Feed My Starving Children, I started three projects of my own. They were Letter Writing Campaign for Operation Gratitude, a Rainbow Loom Project for an oversea orphanage in Vietnam, and a Book Drive for Flagstaff Indian Center.

Q. How did you make the Letter Writing Campaign for Operation Gratitude a success?

A. I presented this Letter Writing Campaign to my school principal, Mrs. Scheller, and I was so blessed that she agreed to ask the whole school to participate this campaign. We collected more than 600 letters from our school.

Q. Out of all of the community service projects you do, what is your favorite?

A. My favorite community service project is the Letter Writing for Operation Gratitude because I know it means a lot to the troops who defend our freedom. Even though I have introduced this campaign to my school, it couldn’t have been done without the help of all the faculty and students of St. Thomas Aquinas Grade School.

Q. You are also a black belt in Tae Kwon Do…what was the hardest thing you had to do to get to this point?

A. I had to work hard, be patient, and of course, be disciplined in all that I did in Taekwondo to get to this point.

Q. Tell us about one of your tournaments you have competed in?

A. I’ve been in several tournaments from Phoenix, State, and International; however, the one that I like the most is the international tournament because it was the most challenging out of all tournaments. It was stressful, but fun and I had a privilege to sing our National Anthem for its Opening Ceremony.

Brittaney is a seventh grader at Saint Thomas the Aquinas Catholic School.

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