LEAD 2021: HMS Student Creates Hope Boxes for Kids Battling Cancer
GCISD sixth-grader Olivia Ringo is taking her language arts project personally. And she’s having a big impact not only with other students in GCISD, but for youth around the globe.
“My grandmother died recently from ovarian cancer and it was really sad for my family, so I decided to help kids with cancer,” Olivia said.
Olivia was given the chance to pursue this passion as part of a structural redesign of middle school language arts electives, which provides students with more choices in their literacy learning. For Olivia’s elective, she chose the gifted and talented independent study. Throughout the course of a school year, she has been researching her cause, structuring essential questions to answer, developing her project and, ultimately, presenting her findings.
Based on the experience Olivia and her family had with her grandmother, Olivia decided she wanted to help kids who were battling cancer. So she set out to make a connection with a children’s cancer organization. A visit to Medical City Dallas Hospital resulted in a referral to the 1 Million 4 Anna Foundation, which was started in memory of 16-year-old Anna Basso who was diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma, a bone and soft tissue cancer that primarily affects children and young adults.