Yesterday’s Times Herald Record introduced us to twelve-year-old Shawn Gill who is mature beyond his years. I’m always touched by locals who make a difference not only at home, but who also inspire others to do good. Shawn is the primary caregiver for his mom who has severe epilepsy. On top of his schoolwork and helping is mother, Shawn is also a Student Leader at C.J. Hooker Middle School in Goshen. Shawn was picked with another student to attend this year’s Junior National Young Leaders Conference a big honor since nominations are reviewed by members of Congress.
It’s nice to see a child so passionate about helping others and I’m sure he isn’t the only Hudson Valley kid out there making a difference. We are curious to hear from our Parent readers. How do you encourage your child to help others? Let us know what you do in the comments or tell us on Facebook. We also have a few articles on inspiring altruism in children if you need some ideas on how to start.