I want to start by thanking you all for your support. The money I was given from the Foundation helped me so much, and because of the grant, I was offered an amazing opportunity that gave me an unforgettable experience. I am 14 years old and the 5th of 7 children in a musical family. I was recently a featured performer at the World Harp Congress in Vancouver, where I represented the United States.
"I teach, I touch the future," became a mantra in the late 80"s for every educator and kids philanthropist in America. The words were memorialized after Christa McAuliffe, New Hampshire high school teacher aboard the space shuttle Challenger, died. McAuliffe was selected from 11,000 applicants to participate in the NASA teacher in space program. She was scheduled to become the first teacher in space.