Kimberly Phares | Young Hero Award from Alabama Public Television

Kimberly Phares

Vestavia Hills High School

Vestavia Hills, 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. In the past, this award has been presented to one of the Young Heroes. This year, however, the judges felt that the award should go to one of the students recognized as “Honorable Mention.” The 2007 Marissa Feigelson Community Service Award was presented to Kimberly Phares, a senior at Vestavia Hills High School. In addition to maintaining a high GPA, Kimberly’s teachers wrote that she is a born analyst and problem-solver, as well as an excellent writer who has won awards for her short stories and poems. A creative artist, Kimberly also sculpts, sketches, sings, plays the piano and writes music. Kimberly’s extracurricular service to the community is amazing. Kimberly worked tirelessly during her sophomore year to organize a chapter of Habitat for Humanity at her school. She found a sponsor and made contact with the Habitat organization. The result was that Vestavia Hills High School became the first school in the nation to fund and build a Habitat home in its charter year. Under Kimberly’s leadership, more than $50,000 was raised to build the home.

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  • 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
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  • Public Broadcasting Services (PBS)
Learning Adventures
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Sybil Smith Foundation, PBS KIDS EdCamp
Workforce Development
  • CAWACO, Career Forward
  • Southeast Alabama Works, Career Forward

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