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When she isn’t doing homework or earning Girl Scout badges, one Pleasant Hill Elementary School student serves as CEO of a charity she founded.

After learning of the need in her community, Third-Grader Calahan Moore dreamed of how she could help. But she didn’t just come up with an idea; she put it into action by launching a charity, Backpacks 4 The Homeless.

Moore held a backpack drive at PHES at the beginning of the school year, collecting 87 new backpacks. She collected more from another local charity that provides backpacks for foster children, and by asking friends and neighbors, bringing her grand total to 160.

Recruiting her fellow Girl Scout troop members, Moore then filled each backpack with essential toiletries. The scouts distributed them at Finley Park in Columbia.

Backpacks 4 The Homeless will receive all race proceeds from the 2nd Annual Vintner’s Wood 5K Color Run and 1 Mile Fun Run on May 19.

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