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El Dorado student recognized for generous donation

Tyler takes a photo with mom, school leadership and March of Dimes representative.

(L to R) Colby Paganucci, Jennifer Creswell, Kim Gardner, Monica Herrera, assistant principal, and Susan Peery, principal, congratulate Tyler for his generous donation.

El Dorado Elementary School student, Tyler Paganucci, is a little kid with a great big heart. The fourth-grade student received the “You Make A Difference” award in front of nearly 650 of his peers on May 30, for making a selfless donation of $100 to the NEISD March of Dimes Change Challenge. Kim Gardner, community director of the March of Dimes – a campaign that aims to help babies be born healthy – was on hand to congratulate Tyler for his good deed.

Tyler is congratulated

Susan Peery, principal, congratulates Tyler on his latest achievement.

Tyler was completely surprised and had no idea he was being recognized for his donation. When asked why he gave such a large amount of money, he stated that he just celebrated his 10th birthday and was given a one hundred dollar bill by his grandmother. Instead of holding on to it he decided to donate it saying, “The babies need it more than I do.”

Tyler’s mom, Colby Paganucci, couldn’t be more proud of her son as she gave him a big hug and kiss after his name was announced by campus principal, Susan Peery. His teacher, Jennifer Creswell, stated that she was nearly brought to tears when the young student walked into her class and presented her the $100 to go towards the campaign.

March of Dimes is dedicated and committed to America’s youth, as these are the volunteers who will carry the organization’s mission into the future. As part of the campaign, coin boxes and collection envelopes were provided for distribution to NEISD classrooms to support March for Babies, March of Dimes’ biggest fundraiser towards their mission to help infants. This may be Tyler’s first big donation to a good cause, but with his big heart, it doesn’t look like it will be his last.

Posted on May 30, 2014