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2016-10-31 Metta Students Honors 38th Winner $1,000

“I try to fill every day by spreading love and kindness.” That sentiment is the reason the Metta Students Foundation picked sixteen-year-old Jodee Frias of Avon, Massachusetts to be there thirty-eighth winner.

Now in their third year and expanding into Massachusetts the non-profit awards $1,000 grants to students who #sharemetta.

“I believe that giving back is the best thing anyone can do for our world,” states Frias. “If you are fortunate enough to have something that you can give or you have the tools to help to improve someone’s life, it really is a feeling like no other. If you give back to one person and then that per-son pays it forward to the next and it continues, then you have made the world a better place just through one small act of kindness.

Giving back makes you feel good, and it can truly change another person’s life. My personal goal is to have someone come up to me and tell me how much I honestly changed their life, and I be-lieve that is a goal that everyone should work towards and try to achieve. If we all give back, we can make the world a better place to live for the future generations to come.”

Norm Kelly, founder of Software Quality Associates in Providence, created the Metta Students Foundation in October of 2012 after learning of one teen’s act of kindness towards another teen. “Metta means love and kindness,” states Norm Kelly. “We are thankful to all of our winners for making a positive difference in the world and for helping us spread the metta mission to simply be kind and #sharemetta.”

The foundation learned about Frias' acts of kindness after receiving a nomination from Amanda Pyne of Middle-High School in Avon, “Jodee is an inspiration. She is constantly looking for a way to improve our school, her community, and the world. She is happiest when she is making some-one else happy. She deserves to be recognized for commitment and passion for helping others. What sets her apart: Jodee seems to have an unending supply of enthusiasm. She is constantly looking for ways to be involved and to be a leader. She is headed for great things and a bright fu-ture.

Some of the activities Frias is involved in include: the African Library Project where she raised $500 and 1,000 children's books to create a library at the Nyamambisi Primary School in Botswa-na, Africa. This included the whole community in fundraising and joining together to get the job done. She is also the co-president of Student Council and president of the Interact Club where students do service projects all around the community, including raking lawns of those who need assistance. Frias was also her school’s Project 351 ambassador, a program for leaders with a strong passion for community service as well as the founder of the Avon sector of Girl Up, which is a program through the UN to raise money and awareness for women’s rights in Third World countries.

It is for all of these reasons that the Metta Students is proud to award Frias one thousand dollars. To see video of how the Metta Students foundation began or for more information about the foun-dation, log onto www.mettastudents.org