Student, Eckerd College
I began volunteering at Academy Prep early in the school year. As I spent more time with the students, I learned about the service trip the 8th graders took to the Bahamas last year. I was so motivated by the fact that Academy Prep students are dedicated to giving back at such a young age, I decided to create a project called Building Across Borders to help raise funds to cover the cost of the trip. Despite the great amount of work this project has required, I am very dedicated because I know the students will retain a lifelong sense of purpose through serving others on this trip. I have been amazed at how helpful the staff and students have been through this process and am thankful for the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of Academy Prep students.