2018-01 - Phoebe Nerone

“My most meaningful achievement so far has been starting my reading glasses project in Vietnam, supplying reading glasses to elderly men and women,” sixteen-year-old Phoebe Nerone of Wakefield, RI said of her volunteer experience to promote wellness to those in need.

“In 2012, my mom, sister and I started a small non-profit to help poor children in Vietnam. After spending some summers volunteering there, I saw the need for people to have reading glasses. I first started collecting the glasses in 2014 and so far, have been able to donate 735 pairs to people who need them.”

"In the future, I am thinking about receiving a degree that relates to human health and well-being, ultimately traveling the world to the poorest countries to help those in need as my family currently does in Vietnam.

“I have also wanted to give back to my local community, so I created a small cookie baking service called, “Cookies That Care.” I bake cookies two to three times a month and donate them to shelters. Overall, I have been able to donate over 1,600 cookies thus far.

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 toward 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.” 

Rozanne Fuller nominated Nerone stating, “Phoebe has a very kind heart and generous spirit. She is very compassionate and has the courage to act when she feels something needs to be done to help others. Phoebe has started projects all on her own such as raising money to provide reading glasses to the elderly in Vietnam and regularly bakes cookies for the local homeless shelter.”

It is for all of these reasons that the Metta Students Foundation is proud to have awarded Phoebe one thousand dollars. To see video of how the Metta Students foundation began or for more information about the foundation, log onto www.mettastudents.org.

Do you know a high school student who stands out for being kind and making a difference for others? Nominate them here to be a Metta Students grant recipient.