Sarah Mellen traveled more than four thousand miles to a Costa Rican refugee camp to help build an addition and better living standards for the people who live there.

“Seeing these intelligent people, forced out of their countries and struggling to meet their basic human needs opened my eyes to the world around me,” states Mellen. “My focus is on human rights, specifically food. In the upcoming months, I plan to participate in the ‘live below the line’ challenge in which I will join others in living off of $2.00 a day for one week to help raise awareness for hunger problems in the U.S.”

Cynthia Derrane, Foreign Language Department of Norwood Public Schools, nominated Sarah saying,” Sarah has inspired her classmates to give to others through service work. Upon returning home, she immediately looked for opportunities within her own community to continue to help people meet their basic needs. Through helping with our school food pantry, the town food pantry or through her latest endeavor, raising awareness for hunger through a Live Below the Line Challenge, she tirelessly gives of herself. She is a role model and an inspiration.”