‘Kindness Corner’ project celebrated, youth members honored with Presidential awards
LAUREL, Del. – A youth-based non-profit organization is giving the town of Laurel something to smile about with their new ‘Kindness Corner.’
Project Sparkle involves kids from 4 to 17 committed to giving back. After a month of tireless work, the organization held a ribbon-cutting to celebrate the youth’s hard work on Saturday.
The Market Square in Laurel holds the ‘Kindness Corner’ with a walkway, painted rocks with inspirational messages, homemade benches, and a ‘snoopy’ house where people can come to grab a snack, a book, toiletries, or just donate items.
The mayor of Laurel, Representative Tim Dukes, and the community gathered to thank the youth for this project. “You are never too young to do community service, it is something that’s supposed to be fun and kid-friendly and you can do anything you put your mind to,” says Project Sparkle founder and 5th grader, Layla Gainer. Another youth member, and Vice President of the club, Aliyah Bonsu adds, “Watching the kids come and get involved, all of them have a special aspect to add, all of them incorporated ideas, all of them wanted to make sure they had peace and a safe place in the community to come together.”
Jessica Gainer also tells 47 ABC. It certainly took a village to construct this garden, and it’s inspiring how many people were involved to get it done. “We are preparing these kids for success, for their futures, what these kids do now while they are small does matter, they can make an impact at any age,” says Gainer. She adds, “We’re just really promoting positivity, we want the kids to continue to be an impact in the community.”
A Laurel teen was also awarded the first ‘Kindness Corner’ scholarship for her hard work in the community after the tragic loss of her father.
17 young adults were also awarded the Presidential award.