2015-06 - Leah Sirmalis

Most high schools require students to perform a certain number of community service hours, but sixteen-year-old Leah Sirmalis took that to a whole new level. In just one year the East Providence teen put in more than three hundred and sixty hours doing everything from collecting donations, to charity runs to teaching water safety to young girls. She also designed and developed “LEAHSTAR.” a community service program to teach health and fitness for the cities’ summer camp.

“I became involved because lack of proper nutrition and physical activity is a growing epidemic all over the world. I participate in sports and wanted to share my knowledge of what I know about staying healthy and eating right. I made and printed a kid-friendly recipe book for over 180 campers,” states Sirmails. “I also wanted to let kids know that you do not have to be involved in sports to exercise.”