Lion’s Pride Award
Isabella Duarte, a 9th grade Lower Moreland High School student, was honored with the Lion’s Pride Award for January 2017.
On September 21st, $4,832 was raised for the Foundation for Lower Moreland Schools as the result of a Community Giving Day at the Whole Foods Market in Jenkintown that Isabella organized. But that was not the first, and it won’t be the last, philanthropic effort in which Isabella participated.
She began at age six by volunteering with her mother at the Jewish Relief Agency Food Bank, where she is now employed. From there, she has branched out to donating her hair to the Locks of Love, baking treats for families at the Ronald McDonald House, and volunteering her time to other organizations including Alex’s Lemonade Stand, the Jewish Federation, the Sara’s Smiles Foundation, the Kisses for Kyle Foundation, the No Kid Hungry campaign, and the Share Our Strength organization.
Since she was a 6th grade student at Murray Avenue School, she has volunteered for the Lower Moreland High School Mini-THON, and she was so excited this year to be an actual participant. In the past, she has arranged donations to the Mini-THON through Whole Food’s Giving Grill program.
She has been recognized multiple times by Prudential Insurance through their Spirit of Community Award. She is currently in a philanthropy program through the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, where she will find out in June if she is the winner of a $36,000 scholarship for the Diller Teen Award. The program springs from the Jewish concept of tikkun olam or "repairing the world."