Carlee: “There are always students that need help. I realized that someone had to do something, and that someone was me. I could not be one of those people who stand by and watch others suffer.” Carlee, a senior at Nikiski Middle/High School, created an organization that has raised more than $16,000 so that 300 teachers in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District can help students whose families are suffering through hard times. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Alaska’s top two youth volunteers of 2019, Carlee Rizzo, 18, of Nikiski and Ashley Perry, 14, of Anchorage, were honored in Washington D.C. for their outstanding volunteer service during the 24th annual presentation of The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Carlee and Ashley – along with 100 other top youth volunteers from across the country – received a $1,000 award and personal congratulations from award-winning actress Viola Davis at an award ceremony and gala dinner reception held at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. Carlee formed a board of teachers to consider requests from colleagues with students who need a helping hand. Then she went to work raising money for her Nikiski Children’s Fund. She sold donated baked goods at dozens of play productions, sponsored concerts, started an annual fall festival at her school, and organized a yearly charity softball game between the local fire department and local law enforcement. Her efforts have provided winter coats and shoes for grade-school children, weekend food for kids on school lunch programs, driving lessons for teens, temporary housing for homeless youth, and transportation for kids who otherwise would have to walk miles to school. She has also covered electric bills to keep the power on in students’ homes. She was also the recipient of the 2019 Spirit of Youth’s Visionary Award. Carlee with her creation of the Nikiski Children’s Fund, which is now expanding to become the Peninsula Children’s Fund.