From the SBOE press release:
"One person can make a difference and these 15 Student Heroes prove it. Their work is inspirational and uplifting," said Donna Bahorich, chair of the State Board of Education. "The State Board of Education is delighted to shine a light on these caring and compassionate students who have enriched their schools and communities."
Cole George, a ninth-grade student at Lorena High School in Lorena ISD, saw a need and decided to personally address it. While eating in the school cafeteria, he saw a special needs student whose disability affects her motor skills, making it difficult to bring her fork to her mouth. After watching her struggle, he began researching different tools that might help her. He found a battery-operated adaptive fork that bends and levels to help a struggling eater. He began doing extra chores to raise the money to buy the fork. George raised the $240 necessary to buy the fork with an additional spoon attachment for his classmate.