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Each month, we showcase kids who are accomplishing amazing things.  We hope that by telling their special stories, we will inspire other kids to accomplish their own amazing achievements. 


Amazing Kids! of the Month for November, 2005: 
Amazing Young Advocate for the Disabled, Julianna Colon;
Egg Harbor, New Jersey

 
Amazing Kid! of the Month, Julianna Colon, age 8

Amazing Young Advocate for the Disabled, Julianna Colon, age 8;
Organizer of "Project Lucy"


Quotes of the Month

“I really love helping other people.  Many people thing that kids are too little to help, but I think kids can make a big difference in the world.  I think it is sad that kids who are in wheelchairs or who can’t walk very well can’t enjoy places like Lucy the Elephant the same way that I can, so I am going to help change that.”

Amazing Julianna Colon, age 8
Advocate for the Disabled and Organizer of "Project Lucy"

“I think it is important to try to help others in any way we can. You don’t have to have a lot of money to make a difference in this world, just a loving heart!"

Patty Colon,
Mom to two amazing advocates for the disabled, Julianna and Brittany Colon,
(one current and one former Amazing Kids! of the Month)


Did you know that October 22nd was “National Make a Difference Day,” a day of volunteerism sponsored by USA Today in partnership with the Points of Light Foundation and the Paul Newman Foundation? This month, Amazing Kids! shines the spotlight on a very special Make a Difference Day project, organized by 8-year-old Julianna Colon. Amazing Kids! is proud to feature Julianna as our November Amazing Kid! of the Month!

As you'll read below, Juliana really went all out to "make a difference" in others’ lives.  An amazing young advocate for children with disabilities, she organized “Project Lucy the Elephant,” a fundraising contest to help preserve a local national historic monument in Margate, New Jersey and to retro-fit it to make it handicapped accessible. 

Read all about Julianna’s wonderful project below, and see why you just might be inspired to "Make a Difference," too!

And don't forget, if you, or a young person (or persons!) you know, has an amazing project you are involved in, or a special skill, talent or ability you want to tell the world about, be sure to let Amazing Kids! know about it!  Teachers are invited to nominate their entire classroom and the amazing projects they are working on too!  Simply complete our online nomination form for the Amazing Kid! of the Month award, or email us! 


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Amazing Young Advocate for Disabled Children, Julianna Colon
Making a Difference: Project Lucy the Elephant

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Amazing Young Advocate for Disabled Children, Julianna Colon

Amazing Julianna Colon

Julianna Colon is an enthusiastic 8-year-old 3rd grader in Elwood, New Jersey.  Like a lot of girls her age, she likes ballet, drawing and animals.  (Her pets include a cat, a chocolate lab, a hermit crab, fish and a chicken!)  But although she enjoys these things, her real passion is helping others.

Julianna has been helping disabled and mentally-challenged kids since she was about 3 years old. She first became interested in helping others and knew she could make a difference from her older sister's example, Brittany, age 14, who had her own project underway called “Buddy Ball” which focused on getting kids who are wheelchair-bound or are mentally disabled involved in sports-related activities. (Amazing Brittany is a former Amazing Kid! of the Month, from May, 2003.  Read her inspiring story here:  www.amazing-kids.org/akom5-03.htm)

Living in her area, Julianna was very familiar with a local, huge (and we do mean huge!) attraction in Margate, New Jersey, known as "Lucy the Elephant."  

Lucy the Elephant

Lucy the Elephant

While visiting Lucy the Elephant on a field trip, Julianna became very concerned that kids (and adults) who were in wheelchairs, or otherwise disabled, could not enjoy Lucy with their families or friends.  Visitors must enter Lucy by a winding staircase in one of the elephant’s “legs,” making it inaccessible to those who are handicapped.  Julianna realized how disappointing it must be for a disabled child who would be forced to wait outside of the attraction while their friends and families were able to go inside and explore.  Julianna wanted to know what she could do to help, so that all kids could see Lucy’s belly from the inside and not feel left out. 

That's when she came up with the idea for "Project Lucy."


Making a Difference:  Project Lucy

Julianna felt that an essay and poster contest would be a fantastic way to get kids interested in preserving national landmarks and making them handicapped accessible.  With the help of big sister Brittany, she made up entry forms and sent them out to all of the elementary schools in the South Jersey area.  The theme for the essays and posters was “Why Should National Historic Landmarks Like Lucy the Elephant be Made Handicapped Accessible and How Can You Make a Difference?”



Union Avenue School in Margate City volunteered to make
a huge banner with the “Make a Difference Day” logo
to hang on Lucy the Elephant on Make a Difference Day.

There were four winners from the poster contest:  Bess Levin,Jacob Kavky and Samantha Pastore, all from Margate City, New Jersey, and NiaLaren Davis from Mays Landing, New Jersey.  The winning posters were all framed with the artist’s information and were put on display at Lucy’s Gift Shop for everyone to see.  The children each received a gift basket containing a Lucy T-shirt, stuffed Lucy plush toy, a Make a Difference Day T-shirt, water bottle, wrist band, pin tattoos, a Certificate of Recognition, $20.00 mall gift certificate and an autographed picture from Julianna’s big sister, Brittany, who is Miss New Jersey Teen America 2005.


Winner of Project Lucy Poster Contest with Julianna and Brittany Colon

Poster Winner Jacob Kavky
with Julianna
and big sister Brittany

Atlantic County, New Jersey Assemblymen Blee and Conover read about Julianna’s project in the local newspaper and contacted her about the project.  They came to the Hamilton Mall on “Make A Difference Day” to present the four winners, Julianna and Brittany with Commendations from the State of New Jersey Senate and Assembly for making a difference in the lives of others!


Amazing Julianna with one of her best friends Abby,
at the Make A Difference Day Event


Julianna got the ball rolling with the contest, but it didn’t stop there.  Together with her family and friends an auction was held and over $1,000 was raised from the contest and auction for the Lucy the Elephant project.

and...

Now the community’s involved, too!.  The Old Country Buffet, a restaurant located in Mays Landing, New Jersey, has offered its location to Julianna’s project for holding future fundraisers.  Julianna is planning a special dinner night where the restaurant would donate $1.00 per person dining to the Lucy Project!  Julianna and her sister Brittany have entered their project in the National Make a Difference Day awards program, and if they win, they could receive $10,000 from Paul Newman’s Foundation to go towards making Lucy handicapped accessible!

Amazing Kids! wishes you much luck in your efforts, Julianna!  You are an inspiration...and one truly Amazing Kid who really knows how to ”Make a Difference!”

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Related Links:

Lucy the Elephant:  www.lucytheelephant.org – Official Site of Lucy the Elephant, Margate, New Jersey

National Make a Difference Day:  www.usaweekend.com/diffday/index.html Read all about National Make a Difference Day and get inspired to Make a Difference next year...or all year 'round!

Amazing Kid of the Month, Brittany Colon:  www.amazing-kids.org/akom5-03.htm An entire family of Amazing Kids: Julianna’s sister, Brittany, was featured as the Amazing Kid! of the Month for May, 2003!

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A Special Message from Amazing Kids! for all you kids:

It's no secret...every person has an "amazing-ness" inside of them, just waiting to be discovered.  (Sometimes we just need a little help in finding out what that "amazing-ness" is!) 

If you are doing some amazing things too, we want to hear about it!  Send us your stories about your amazing accomplishments, so we can tell the world just how amazing you are!  We are always looking for new stories.  And don't be shy!  We'd love to hear from you!



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