North Palm Beach teen honored with national award

Kayla Abramowitz, a eighth grade student at Watson B. Duncan Middle School, is competing with students from eight states Saturday for a shot at a nationals to secure financial support for her non-profit, Kayla Cares 4 Kids. She's already donated more than 6,500 entertainment and education items to 65 children's hospitals, Ronald McDonald Houses and a traveling pediatrician across 40 states.

Kayla Abramowitz, a eighth grade student at Watson B. Duncan Middle School has donated DVDs, books and other items to children’s hospitals, Ronald McDonald Houses and a traveling pediatrician across all 50 states.

The accolades keep coming for North Palm Beach’s Kayla Abramowitz.

The Watson B. Duncan Middle School eighth-grader is known for Kayla Cares 4 Kids, the non-profit organization she started to collect DVDs, books and other items for children in the hospital. She’s made donations to more than 80 hospitals and Ronald McDonald houses in all 50 states, according to a news release.

She’s one of two students from Florida selected as a top youth volunteer in the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, according to the release.

“I’ve learned that no matter how small something starts out, with enough passion and effort, you can make it bigger than anyone ever dreamed,” she said in the release.

Now that she’s reached all 50 states, her next goal is to donate to every children’s hospital and Ronald McDonald house in the U.S. Abramowitz, who has juvenile arthritis and Crohn’s disease, started the charity after her own two-week hospital stay.

She will receive $1,000, a silver medallion and an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. in early May. At that time, 10 students will be named the top volunteers in the country.

In June, she won the national Young Entrepreneurs Academy’s competition there for her leadership of Kayla Cares 4 Kids.

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