Yelena Keller-Wyman

For my Bat Mitzvah I did community service. I did a lot of different things. One place I volunteered was at a soup kitchen, but they had me just running errands for them and I got kind of bored.

I spent most of my community service hours, however, making cards for the elderly. I made them at home, and then we sent them to an organization that distributes them. At first it was really boring and I hated it, but hen I started painting them. After that, I had a lot of fun. I enjoy art and painting and I just had fun with it. I hope the cards I made make someone happy. I also liked writing the messages inside of the cards.

I have been going to summer camp every summer since I was ten years old. It is a very important part of my life. This year will be my last year going as a camper. I hope to become a counselor. I will be donating 10% of my bat mitzvah money to the Camp Onas campership fund. The campership fund lets a child that wouldn’t be able to afford to go to camp come to camp. I am realizing that helping the community is a nice thing to do, and it can even make me happy.