Lauren Faraino | Young Hero Award from Alabama Public Television

Lauren Faraino

Vestavia Elementary

Vestavia Hills, Alabama

“In order to be inspired by ten-year old Lauren Faraino, you need only be in the same room with her.” Lauren excels in every school activity, maintaining an A-average in every class. She also participates on her school’s Creative Problem Solving team. Academia is not the only area in which Lauren excels; she’s also a fantastic artist. Working with paints and pastels, Lauren creates beautiful pictures. In October, Lauren was the featured artist in her school’s art display. Her work has also been show at the Birmingham Museum of Art during their Very Special Arts Exhibition.

These accomplishments seem even more impressive, when you consider that Lauren has been denied use of her arms since birth. She zips through school in a motorized wheelchair, leaving her feet free for writing, painting, cutting and drawing. According to teachers, Lauren often amazes classmates as she discovers creative ways to participate in whatever the days activities happen to be. Above all, Lauren’s positive attitude may be her best attribute. One fifth grade teachers says, “Lauren so adeptly overcomes her handicap that classmates often forget that it exists…as her teacher, I am completely overwhelmed by her abilities. Lauren Faraino is truly a Young Hero!”

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Harris Trust


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Community Events & Engagement
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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
  • 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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