At just 12 years old, Megan Fox has learned that helping others and giving of yourself makes you a better person. In fact, she stated her stance on the pros of youngsters volunteering in a recent issue of Scholastic News Magazine.
"I think people around the world are counting on me to do the right thing," said Megan, a sixth-grader at Evans Middle School, who was featured in a Scholastic News "Debate of the Week" column in December. "I volunteer at church, helping with the children and fellowship activities, and during the summer we go to nursing homes and sing to the residents."
Megan says her pastor at Marks Baptist Church has taught her a lot about stepping up to the plate.
"He's been really godly to me and pushing me to do what's right," she said of the Rev. Hal Hodgens.
Additionally, Megan serves as a peer mentor at school, working with students who are experiencing difficulty in various subjects.
"One of my students had a really low grade in math, but she worked really hard and brought it up to a B," said Megan, the daughter of Eric and Kim Fox, of Martinez.
Holly Folger-Benedict, Megan's language arts teacher, said her student is "inquisitive and aware of the events happening around her. She turns in projects early and puts 100 percent into her work."
Inquisitive is a word another teacher used to describe Megan, who has been nominated to be in the Junior Beta Club.
"She is very inquisitive and brings lots of interesting ideas and questions to the classroom," said Lynn Chapman, Megan's social studies teacher. "By becoming an involved reader and responding thoughtfully to the 'Debate of the Week,' Megan illustrates how essential it is to be informed and involved in a democratic society. She is an excellent role model for students and adults, as well."
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