july winner

Gabriella Frank

A Book Can Save a Life

At Meatheads, we love hearing stories and honoring those serving their “cowmunity” but we really loved a story about a young girl on vacation that took a little part of “cowmunity” on vacation. A 2012 family trip to Jamaica at a Beaches resort sparked a movement in a Downers Grove girl’s life. Gabriella Frank, an incoming seventh grader at Herrick Middle School, was on vacation with her parents when she learned about the poverty that impacts children in the island, during a visit to an early childhood school. Gabriella couldn’t understand why some classrooms there had no books or why the students had to share pencils. Following her trip to the early childhood school, she created a program that she named Books by the Beach, through which she collects books and school supplies to donate to schools throughout Jamaica and Turks & Caicos.

To date, Gabriella has donated more than 1,250 books and countless school supply items thanks to the help of people in her school, family and “cowmunity.” She has even become involved with the Sandals Foundation to further help kids at Mount Airy (Junior and Primary), Happy Heart, Negirl All Age School and Green Island Primary.

A young student herself, Gabriella believes that education is so important. She loves going to school and wants all kids to enjoy the experience. It is Gabriella’s mission to help spread her love and reading and learning to those less fortunate.

Gabriella already has 500 items to ship to Jamaica this December to further her program. If you are interested in donating gently-used soft cover books or school supplies, please contact her mother Heather at [email protected] to coordinate. Thank you, Gabriella for making a “cowmunity” a better place wherever you go!

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