BATH TOWNSHIP — Bath High School sophomore Kallie Kitchen turns 16 today and has made volunteering in her community a priority.
She is one of 12 people to receive the Jefferson Award and the winner will advance to Washington D.C.
Kitchen is the daughter of Joe Kitchen and Michelle Staup.
“I have such a great life that I like to give back to those who are less fortunate in my community,” Kallie said.
Kallie has been a member of Bath High School’s Interact Club for the past two years where she currently serves as treasurer. The Interact Club is a part of Rotary International where members visit different locations in Lima and volunteer.
She is the number one student volunteer for Interact Club where she has volunteered 120 hours over the past two years.
“I like to be a member of Interact Group because I get to meet a lot of new people and help others,” Kallie said.
She also is a member of the high school’s student council where she is a class representative. She has helped organize the school’s talent show and dance while serving on student council and distributed backpacks for charity with food for orphans.
She also has taken part in Ottawa River Cleanup by the county engineer’s office and cleaned up debris along the railroad tracks. Other activities are making Christmas baskets for needy families and organizing a Christmas party for those with special needs.
Kallie has volunteered at West Ohio Food Bank helping other students fill boxes of food for elderly residents who can’t afford food.
She also has volunteered at Fassett Farms, an equestrian therapy program, where she helped with a fundraiser selling gift baskets with food and toys to raise funds for the organization.
She has volunteered at the Bath Elementary School father-daughter dance.
Kitchen’s mother Michelle Kitchen nominated her daughter for the award.
“She strives to be the best person she can be. Her compassion for others and helping her community are rare these days in young people,” Michelle Kitchen said.
Michelle Kitchen said her daughter being recognized for her hard work would not only validate that her effort does not go unnoticed, but that she could continue to be a positive example for her peers.
Reach Jennifer Peryam at 567-242-0362.