Entire neighborhood of kids in Glenmont give up care free summer to give back

August 10, 2018 06:50 PM

GLENMONT - With its white picket fences and American flags, Quail Hollow looks like any other suburban neighborhood.  But what's happening there is rather extraordinary.

"We realized that people in this world need more than they had," explained Allison Farrell, a 9th grader.

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An entire neighborhood of kids is ignoring their iPad and straying from the sofa and working - together - to make their community a better place.

"We want to give back.  We are having fun while we are doing it," said Julianna Tafilowski, a 7th grader.

Five families of 10 kids aged 5 to 13 have held a lemonade stand for an animal rescue group, a traveling bake sale for an organization that feeds low-income children -- and a book drive that benefits an urban education program. 

Proceeds from their final project - a bottle drive - will benefit a Cystic Fibrosis non-profit.  By summer's end, they will likely have raised more than $1,000.

"You are having fun but you are also helping people who need help," believes Farrell.

And while it was one of the moms who came up with the idea for this so-called "Summer of Good," the kids have run with it - planning and executing each project fairly independently.  They've grown closer and, more importantly, learned a life lesson.

"They have a lot.  They have more than most kids and they need to realize they are very fortunate and there are a lot of kids who don't have what they have," maintained Deb Warner, one of the moms in the neighborhood.

Quail Hollow this summer ... the entire Capital District next.

"I definitely think we could expand.  We could go all throughout our community trying to get others to help with us," added Tafilowski.

The bottle drive runs for another week.  If you'd like to contribute, contact one of the parent organizers via email:


Abigail Bleck

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