Kids Making A Difference

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Charlie Sygula and Jenna Gadomski, fifth-grade students at Henry Defer Intermediate School, have been chosen for recognition by the "Kids Making a Difference" program, sponsored by ClearVision Centers and hosted by the Streetsboro Community PTA.

Charlie was nominated by his 5th-grade teachers, Deborah D'Amico and Katherine Martin, for his generous and caring character by his actions at school. His teachers say that Charlie goes out of his way to greet and befriend new students and make them feel welcomed at school.

Charlie is good friends with an autistic classmate, Jake. Charlie often helps Jake with organization and time management.

"Jake has been my friend since kindergarten. We are such good friends that I don't even notice his autism." said Charlie.

Charlie has lived in Streetsboro his whole life. He has a brother, Tommy, and a step-sister, Kyleigh. Charlie enjoys spending time with his grandparents and their two dogs, Daisy and Trixie. Charlie is a big fan of all Cleveland sports teams and would like to play football for OSU and in the NFL. He said, however, if that didn't happen, he could be a professional Lego designer. At school, his favorite subjects are science, math and history. He likes reading the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" and "The Hunger Games" series.

Outside of school, Charlie enjoys playing football for Streetsboro's flag football league, riding bikes on the Towpath Trail and playing with Legos and video games.

When asked what he would like to say to our readers he replied, "Treat everyone equally, like you would want to be treated."

Thank you, Charlie, for living out the "Golden Rule" and genuinely caring for others.

Jenna Gadomski was nominated by her fifth-grade teachers. According to teacher Brittany Skeels, Jenna is very responsible and provides a good example and influence in her classroom. She is always the first person to help when there is a need.

Her helpfulness is not limited to school. She and her twin brother, Jacob, volunteer each Thanksgiving and Christmas to help their church's food pantry by sorting and assembling food baskets.

"Jenna is a very caring, compassionate and helpful person," says her mother.

Jenna has lived in Streetsboro her whole life. Besides her twin brother, Jacob, she has an older brother, David. She has one dog, Hanna, who is a Yorkshire terrier and Shih Tzu mix. Jenna loves watching baseball, especially Angels' center fielder Mike Trout. She has played softball for Streetsboro since she was four-years-old. Jenna also plays baseball and is a cheerleader for the Junior Rockets.

In school, Jenna's favorite subject is social studies. She likes learning Native American history. Her favorite book is "Sign of the Beaver" which is a Native American story.

Jenna would like to be a second-grade teacher when she grows up.

Thank you, Jenna, for your example of compassion and volunteerism.

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