Making a Difference: Laredo Fifth Grader Named 'Student Hero'

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LAREDO, Texas (KGNS) - A Laredo fifth grader is leading by example when it comes to giving back to her community.

In fact, the student at Gallego Elementary is being recognized by a state agency, chosen out of hundreds of students.

Out of all the nominations received by the State Board of Education, from El Paso to the Valley, one winner was chosen from Laredo.

At only 11-years-old Amanda has taken part in some big projects as a way to help others, which is why Amanda is being named a student hero.

Amanda collects books and donates them to churches and she makes goodie bags for the homeless children.

The fifth grader has also donated her hair twice to Locks of Love and she collected over one million bottle tops that help kids get free cancer treatments.

In her spare time, Amanda also donates to the Salvation Army, Bethany House, and the local orphanage. The fifth grader says all the projects bring her a lot of joy.

Amanda’s parents, Carmen and Robert say they couldn’t be more proud of their daughter.

Those who know Amanda can’t say enough about her and her teachers at Gallegos Elementary say she’s a shining example to others.

The Student Heroes’ Program recognizes Texas public school students in pre-k through high school who do outstanding things to benefit their fellow students.

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