Tips & Advice
- 30 January 2014
- by Tara Harmon
Hi, I am Tara Harmon. I am 11 years old, and 5th grader in Zionsville. I love to swim and give back to my community. I love the idea of starting small and dreaming big for giving back to your community.
I started small by making cards for families in the military, who had babies, to congratulate them. I thought that this would make the families in the military feel better, because they were so far from home. I asked my class if they would help me. The response? Absolutely. We ended up getting the whole school involved, and we had over 500 cards to send to the military. All this project took were markers and paper, but it made a big impact on our community. After we had over 500 cards, I was so excited! I decided I wanted to do something more!
I talked with Simone, and we found an Indianapolis Colts grant I wanted to apply for. I wrote a draft, we touched it up, and we sent it to the Colts. About 2 months later, I found out that I got the grant! I wrote the grant for making school supply kits, but then realized that the school could benefit more from uniforms. I decided I wanted to supply more than $500 worth of uniforms, so I talked with a family friend who worked at Walmart. I was a little scared to talk to him, but I decided to go for it. I was so happy I talked with him, and I did not regret it at all because Walmart gave me $750 to expand the project, and provide more uniforms.
I was very lucky to receive this grant, but you really do not need any money to give back. For example, you can pick up trash in your neighborhood, or go to a nursing home and play a board game with them, or make a card for somebody who is sick. Something so little, can do something so big.