Tarria Poplar | Young Hero Award from Alabama Public Television

Tarria Poplar

Fairfield High

Fairfield, Alabama

Caring for her sick mother is just the beginning of Tarria Jannette Poplar’s good deeds that earned her nomination for Alabama Public Television’s 2002 Young Heroes Award. Tarria is also an accomplished classical pianist, having performed in Birmingham, Montgomery and Fort Worth, Texas. While Tarria enjoys playing the piano, her main goal in life is to become a medical doctor. This past December, she was invited to attend the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine, a program dedicated to helping prepare out nation’s most promising future physicians for the opportunities and responsibilities which lie ahead. Tarria is also an active volunteer at Children’s Hospital in Birmingham, at the Alabama Radio Reading Service for The Blind and at Music For Kids. Having survived open heart surgery as a 9-year-old, she has come to understand that our own physical limitations should not ever overshadow our spirit’s potential.

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Derek Chen

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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