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Published on November 25th, 2019 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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School District Five student using platform as Little Miss South Carolina to help community

IRMO – A third grade student at Chapin Elementary is using her platform as Little Miss South Carolina to help children in her community.

Alexis Moore was crowned Little Miss South Carolina in July.  Part of her responsibility, is to participate in community service hours and her platform is based on preventing bullying.  She feels some kids are bullied because of improper personal hygiene. 

“I have always known that I wanted to do something to help kids in my community and make a difference,” Moore said.  “I just don’t like people getting bullied because it makes my heart sink and I think it makes other people’s hearts sink.  It just makes me upset.”

She created a group called KIK (Kids Investing in Kids).  Through KIK, she collected items to create personal hygiene bags.  Each bag contains a comb, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, soap and shampoo.  She presented nearly 100 bags to Chapin Elementary School.  A priority of School District Five is to promote a learning environment where students feel safe physically, emotionally and socially.  Alexis’ platform project will assist school counselors in making sure this priority is met.

“A lot of what we do as people starts off as a thought in our minds and if we aren’t thinking positive, healthy thoughts about ourselves that comes across in our feelings and in our behavior,” said Meredith Hardage, Chapin Elementary Counselor.  “Alexis is making small steps that will have a great impact in how children view themselves which will impact their behavior.”

Moore also plans to make donations to Lake Murray Elementary and Ballentine Elementary schools. 

“I am very proud of Alexis,” said Chapin Elementary School Principal Jesse Hutchinson.  “She is a great example of the type of kid we have in our community and here at Chapin Elementary.  She is taking advantage of the opportunity she has been given to spread her message and I think a lot of children will benefit from the work she is doing.”


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