A Zionsville teen is among the 2019 Children’s Museum of Indianapolis’s six 2019 winners of the prestigious Power of Children Awards winners.
The honor recognizes and rewards students across the county in grades 6-11 who are improving the lives of others through a selfless commitment to service and the betterment of society.
Zionsville Community High School freshman, Emma Meyer, was chosen as a winner for her Emma’s Bundles of Books and Joy project. She began her project at Riley Hospital for Children after being a patient there herself. Emma’s Bundles of Books and Joy has now expanded to several Indiana hospitals, schools and shelters.
Meyer says of her project, “more than 12,000 books, 500 toys, 800 bookmarkers, 250 children’s gifts, and 20 blankets have been given to schools and hospitals since 2013. The expression on a child’s face of joy makes it all worth it in the end.”
As a 2019 winner, Meyer will be recognized during a special awards event at the museum Friday, Nov. 15, and Saturday, Nov. 16. She and the other winners will receive a $2,000 grant from the Kroger Foundation to continue his or her project.
Each year since 2005, the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis recognizes youths who make significant contributions and create important projects to benefit others. The program was inspired by the museum’s influential permanent exhibit, The Power of Children: Making a Difference, which features three extraordinary children who touched the world in unique ways: Anne Frank, Ruby Bridges, and Ryan White.
The past 72 winners are from 45 cities, 15 states and 54 schools.
Other winners and their projects this year are:
- Sophie Draluck, 11th grade, Highland Park, Ill., who is raising funds to help provide impoverished women with access to female sanitary products;
- Raghav Ganesh, 11th grade, San Jose, Calif., who created a system to help caregivers proactively recognize and reduce stress in people with autism;
- Ptolemy Henson, 10th grade, McCordsville, who started a free after-school program for kindergartners to teach them the basics of science through fun experiments;
- Jahkil Jackson, 6th grade, Chicago, who created “Blessing Bags” to provide needed items to his city’s homeless population, and
- Summer Steinmiller, 10th grade, Bethesda, Md., who founded Teens and Trafficking, to raise awareness of human trafficking, connect teens to lawmakers, and encourage government and industry to join in the fight against human trafficking.