Someone You Should Know-Alexis Robbins

By: Lee Gordon Email
By: Lee Gordon Email

High school seniors are usually thinking about college, parties, and things of that nature...but not many high school students think about giving back.

But one girl at Chiles is changing the way high school seniors think, act, and treat others...

No one knows compassion quite like Alexis Robbins.

"I make time for things that can help other people."

The Chiles Senior has formed a group called the Compassion Club. The goal is to change the life of a child forever, by raising money to rescue kids from poverty. So Alexis adopted a young boy from Kenya, and she's raising money to help feed her new friend.

"His name is Mwakamisha Katana and he's five and he's so cute and writes letters back and forth and they translate it and it's so great to know you can help people so far away."

But it's not just Alexis. Her generosity has spilled over into the entire student body. So far, the club has raised almost 500 dollars and other students have adopted kids in need.

"I support a child in Kenya named Junior Willie," said Compassion Club member Taylor Hettinger, "He's five and he's adorable and writes letters and it makes you feel good inside."

The Compassion Club is relatively new. They've only had three or so meetings, but Alexis is using her power of persuasion to make her fellow students drive out the darkness with love. And so far, mission accomplished.

"She's great. She gets on the announcements and writes on the boards and makes banners and brings in cans for money."

Alexis says she loves feeling like she's helped somebody and hopes the group grows in the near future. But when you see the faces of those who are receiving the help, it's hard not to lend a hand.

"Something so little, a little bit of time that you sacrifice is such a big help to people like that."

To help the club, you can log on to www.chiles.leon.k12.fl.us/compassion.com or visit the main page at www.compassion.com


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  • by Aunt Jules Location: Longwood, Florida on Feb 17, 2009 at 03:32 PM
    This is a wonderful program. Lexi I'm so very proud of the mature, responsible young lady you are turning into. You are an inspiration to us all - and you didn't use the word "like" one time in the whole interview - I'm very impressed.
  • by Pastor Kelly Smith Location: Tampa on Feb 17, 2009 at 06:40 AM
    Kayla, I am so proud of you! What a great idea to help others and to include your classmates in being a blessing! Thanks for living your faith and making a difference in the lives of so many.
  • by Aunt Nikki Location: St Pete Beach, FL on Feb 14, 2009 at 03:46 PM
    WOW! I have tears in my eyes! Lexi, I am so proud of you! I knew about your "adoption" already, but no idea about the Compassion Club! I've always known that you were meant for something special in this world! You never cease to amaze me with just how much more amazing you grow every day! If I had to sum you up in one word, I suppose 'Amazing' would be the one I would have to put before any other! I am so proud of you! Keep up the good work kiddo! You are truly an inspiration to every life you touch! This is an amazing story Lee! I know I'm partial because she's my niece! Thanks for letting everyone know what the rest of her family & friends, who truly love her, find out what an amazing young woman Alexis really is!
  • by Barry Location: Talley on Feb 13, 2009 at 07:08 PM
    What an inspiration
  • by Ben Location: Home on Feb 13, 2009 at 08:14 AM
    That is so incredible to see young people who not only believe they can make a difference in other peoples lives and the world, but are taking action as well. I hope more students join organizations like this.
  • by Lee W. Location: Tally on Feb 12, 2009 at 08:31 PM
    How great to see your humanitarian efforts affecting other people. Congrats on the growth of the Compassion Club and, more importantly, the positive influence you all are having on the lives of these children. I'm really proud of you Alexis and I wish you continued success in creating more awareness!
  • by ktr Location: Tallahassee on Feb 12, 2009 at 06:54 PM
    A Chiles student that saw the story called Alexis tonight to tell her that she wants to adopt a child. GREAT story, Lee!
  • by Aunt Sis Location: Dahlonega, GA on Feb 12, 2009 at 06:53 PM
    Lexi, It is so wonderful for you to take the initiative for such a great cause. Those children are so blessed to have someone like you. If more and more people were like you, this world would be a much better place. You are a special soul and God has blessed you with such a special gift.
  • by Emma Guilarte Location: Home on Feb 12, 2009 at 04:40 PM
    Alexis, making a difference by bringing hope and a smile to others is quite an accomplishment. Others may not know that you have been doing that before the club and I pray that you continue to use your gifts and talents.
  • by bd Location: lso on Feb 12, 2009 at 02:05 PM
    good job lexi. will you adopt some of my kids please?
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