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2014-02-20 - Metta Students Foundation announces 12th grant winner

When 17 year old Topaz Leshin-Szewczok stated her career intentions she wrote, “Something that will somehow help people.” That statement along with the numerous other acts of kindness makes her a perfect candidate for a Metta Students Foundation grant.

A Metta Students Foundation ceremony will be held March 5th at 10:20 a.m. at East Greenwich High School, located at 300 Avenger Drive in East Greenwich, RI. The Metta Students Foundation will present a one thousand dollar check and members of the media are welcome.

Norm Kelly, founder of Software Quality Associates in Providence, created the Metta Students Foundation in October of 2012 after learning of one teen’s kind act towards another teen. Each month, during the school year, the foundation awards one thousand dollars to a student who shares metta.

“Metta means love and kindness," states Norm Kelly, “and we are proud to be able to give recognition to all of those bright lights who give back, not because they have to, but because they are truly good hearted and want to make a positive difference.”

Teacher Stephen Levesque nominated Leshin-Szewczok saying, “She is involved in a wide variety of volunteer activities including: B'Nai Brith Youth Organization, free private academic tutoring, volunteering at Temple Sinai, the AIDS Walk in Providence, Operation Smile to raise money for surgery for children born with clef pallets, and Safety Town where she teaches firstgrade students how to safely cross streets.

Leshin-Szewczok is also President of her school's chapter of the Gay Straight Alliance, secretary for LeOlum Mazkirah as part of B'Nai Brith, and is Vice-President of the Chapter Project for the National Honor Society.”

It is important to give back to your community because that is what shows your character,” says Leshin-Szewczok. “By showing that you are willing to give up your time for your community, without any visible award, you are proving that you are worthy of what your community has to give to you. Winning this grant means that I am successfully living up to being the person that I want to be. Kindness is free to give away and doing so comes with priceless rewards.”

It is for all of these reasons the Metta Students is proud to award Topaz one thousand dollars. To see video of how the Metta Students foundation began or for more information about the foundation log onto If you are interested in doing a story please contact Laura Clarizio at 617-852-7784 or