John Roberson, II | Young Hero Award from Alabama Public Television

John Roberson, II

Oak Mountain High School

Birmingham, Alabama

One Alabama student is honored each year with the Marissa Feigelson Community Service Award, named for one of the first Alabama Young Heroes who succumbed to leukemia in February of 2001. John is a senior at Oak Mountain High School in Birmingham. Filled with the spirit of the holiday, John has dedicated himself over the past two Christmas seasons to collecting and distributing gifts to more than 100 students. This collection has included 35 bicycles and more than $6,000 worth of toys, clothes and food. In the summer of 2007, Roberson traveled to Chalmette, La., to help in the rebuilding from the effects of Hurricane Katrina. Utilizing his outstanding mathematical abilities, Roberson created the Web-based program “Everyone Can Pass” ( This site offers help to students in
passing the Alabama High School Graduate Exam. He utilizes his talents to tutor classmates in the areas of mathematics, physics and chemistry.
Even Roberson’s money-earning efforts are directed toward community service; He started a program in which he goes door-to-door picking up people’s recyclables for a modest fee.

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These educational programs and services of Alabama Public Television made possible by the generous support of the following contributors:

Community Events & Engagement
  • Books-A-Million, Young Heroes
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Alabama, Be My Neighbor Day/Young Heroes
  • Brookmont Capital Management, Young Heroes
  • C. W. Daniel Charitable Trust, Young Heroes
  • Medical Properties Trust, Young Heroes
  • Fred Rogers Productions/PNC, Be My Neighbor Day
  • WNET-CPB, Sesame Street in Communities
General Support
  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB)
  • Public Broadcasting Services (PBS)
Learning Adventures
  • Alabama Bicentennial Commission
  • Alabama Humanities Foundation
    a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Alabama State Council on the Arts
    a state program of the National Endowment for the Arts
  • American Graduate
    a program of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting
  • Daniel Foundation of Alabama
  • Malone Family Foundation
  • Robert Meyer Foundation
  • Sybil Smith Foundation
  • Troy Univiersity
  • U.S. Space & Rocket Center
  • Wells Fargo Foundation
Media Library
  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting, American Graduate
  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting, American Graduate, Getting To Work
PBS Kids Programs
  • Alabama Department of Human Resources
  • Alabama Power Company
  • Books-A-Million
  • Children’s of Alabama
  • HEAL Alabama
  • Medical Properties Trust
  • U.S. Space & Rocket Center
Professional Development for Educators
  • Community Foundation of South Alabama, PBS KIDS EdCamp
  • Sybil Smith Foundation, PBS KIDS EdCamp
Workforce Development
  • CAWACO, Career Forward
  • Southeast Alabama Works, Career Forward

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