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HOPPING INTO ACTION Anna Nguyen (at right), a fifth grader at River Oaks Elementary School, volunteers with her rabbit, Fluffy, and wrote a book about bunnies with her sister Sophia (at left).
As a member of a 4-H organization, my sister Sophia and I participated in a pet rabbit project. We raised two Lionhead rabbits, Fluffy and Snowball. My sister and I took them to volunteer at nursing homes, speech-therapy centers, and local libraries. At the nursing home, we met a nice woman who had Alzheimer’s disease. By the end of the visit, I felt good about providing companionship for the residents living in the nursing home. At the speech-therapy center, we met a child who has autism. The speech therapy center was my favorite place to visit because I like to play with children and help them speak clearly.
I found this volunteering work meaningful and wanted to share my experiences with other students. Therefore, I joined Pet Partners, a national pet-therapy program, and recruited other students to join my community group in Houston.
It has been an adventure. With the help of our parents, my sister and I wrote and published our first children’s book: The Adventures of Fluffy the Lionhead Rabbit. The book describes the story of Fluffy, who began his new adventures when our family adopted him. His life was perfect until Snowball arrived. Initially, Fluffy resented the presence of Snowball. Then one day Fluffy was lost in the woods and recognized the importance of Snowball’s friendship.
The book is on sale at Amazon and at the River Oaks Bookstore. We are donating all proceeds to sponsor children of the Unbound program, who live in poverty. I am proud that we have raised more than $500 from the sales of this book. We sponsored two children, one from Guatemala and the other from the Philippines. Of all my accomplishments, this is what I am most proud of because I was able to make a difference in people’s lives.
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