Discovery Girls celebrate National Volunteer Week!

The tween –focused magazine aims to teach girls that big changes start small with feature posts by young girls who have made a serious impact in their community, the nation and the world.

SAN JOSE, CALIF (April 11, 2011) – Just the act of volunteering is something that deserves to be celebrated. While taking your own time and dedicating it to a cause may seem simple, it’s still a rather uncommon practice. This is why volunteers under the age of 13 are something to be celebrated – and that’s what we’re doing!

For National Volunteer week, DiscoveryGirls.com will feature guest posts by three truly amazing girls. Meet a girl who’s started her own organization, one who’s raised $100,000s for the United Nations campaign Nothing But Nets and another who directly influenced the signing of the Food Safety Modernization Act.

Read their stories in their own words, this week at DiscoveryGirls.com:

Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Diagnosed with Benign Rolandic Epilepsy at the age of five, Jamie Bacigalupo has since started the non-profit organization Angels4Epilepsy, Inc. Now 8-years-old, Jamie creates gift bags of snacks, toys, stuffed animals and more for hospitalized children diagnosed with epilepsy.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011
At the age of 5, Katherine Commale learned that every 30 seconds, a child in Africa dies from Malaria. From that moment on, she knew she had to do something to help. She began raising money for the United Nations Foundation to purchase and send much needed mosquito nets to homes in Africa and by 6-years-old she had already raised over $10,000 and was named the spokes “kid” for the United Nations campaign Nothing But Nets (NBN).  Now 10-years-old, Katherine has raised over $180,000 for her cause.

Thursday, April 14, 2011
When she was three Dana Dziadul took a bite of a cantaloupe and almost died. Dana had contracted Salmonella Poona blood poisoning. Now a 13-year-old with arthritis, Dana is still feeling the effects. To ensure no child ever went through what she did, Dana teamed with the group Safe Tables Our Priority, and this past January was on hand when President Obama signed the Food Safety Modernization Act into law.

About Discovery Girls:
The San Jose, Calif. based magazine has an international readership, is produced bi-monthly and is in its 11th year of production. The magazine features real girls between the ages of 8 and 12 dealing with real-life situations. It strives to empower girls to celebrate who they are and to realize their potential. 

“We strive to make it clear to our young readers that you don’t have to be a star to be an important, worthwhile person,” says Catherine Lee, publisher and founder. “When a girl picks up our magazine, we want her to feel she’s found a place where she belongs – where her ideas and concerns are taken seriously.”

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