Nelson Everts

At the Pine Hill School in Sherborn, Mass., they don’t just teach reading, writing and arithmetic. They also teach the importance of making a difference in the world. At the end of the school year, each 5th grader participates in a project called “Citizenship in Action,” where students choose an organization to research and help raise awareness for it.

Nelson Everts, 12, chose Cure Alzheimer’s Fund “because many people in my family have died from Alzheimer’s and I wish to find a cure as soon as possible.” As part of his project, Everts raised more than $250 by asking relatives to donate (in lieu of birthday presents), holding a bake sale and selling “Silly String.”