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Cavelero's Sanchez Boys and Girls Club Youth of the Quarter

 

Thirteen-year-old Cavelero Mid High School student Selena Sanchez won the Youth of the Quarter award from the Lake Stevens Boys & Girls Club.

Sanchez says she tries to go to the Club daily to help out and participate in activities. She serves an average of one hour of community service there each week.

Sanchez has been a member of the Club for five years and says she loves taking care of children. Sanchez helps students in kindergarten through third-grade with their homework.

Staff member Alicia Landre says Sanchez is a great role model and mentor for the kids. She follows the staff's instructions and tries to be as helpful as possible. "I was trying to be a good kid," said Sanchez.

Landre says Sanchez is such a great helper and always volunteers to assist anyone in need. "She is always the first person to raise her hand when we need someone to help," said Landre.

She goes out into the community and is a helping hand with various activities like landscaping. Sanchez participates in many of the fundraisers and events at the Club. She is involved in Go Girls Go, a community service program for girls and Kiwanis Club, which holds BBQs and parties to bring the community together.

Other events Sanchez aided in were Teens for Jeans, the Gift and Craft sale and the Ironman triathlon.

When she attended North Lake Middle School, she helped with Team Builders to plan events and activities. Sanchez says her favorite activity at the Club is the summer camps.

She traveled to Birch Bay near Blaine, Wash. for the day and also the roller rinks. She met many friends at the Club, which made the summer camps especially fun.

Sanchez also enjoys playing volleyball year-round at the Club. She joined three years ago and is committed to giving it her all on the court. Her team was undefeated last year.

Although Sanchez cannot be considered for the Club's Youth of the Year Award because she is not yet 14-years-old, Landre could not ignore her work at the Club.

"She is such an outstanding kid," said Landre. "I just wanted to thank her publicly with the award." Sanchez wants to continue to go to the Club and eventually become a staff member there when she is a senior in high school.

 

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