Kudos to Aptakisic Junior High, the first school to help Elyssa’s Mission raise funds for their organization. We were so grateful and honored to be chosen as the recipients of their fund-raising event. What impressed me most are the leadership skills of an eighth grade student, Leah. It was her idea to turn an annual talent show into a fund-raiser for our mission. Students brought baked goods to sell at the event. Parents came out to support their children. School-staff donated a dollar each time they wore Blue Jeans to school. Eighteen courageous students displayed their talent in the Annual Mosaic Variety Show. They sang, danced, and played instruments in front of their peers and community members. I applaud their talent. And I applaud a young leader whose talent lies in bringing a community together to raise awareness and much needed funds for an important topic. She is truly making a difference.

– Joanne Meyers, President