Photo courtesy of Cl!X Portrait Studios
School: Allen Creek Elementary
Jack is the founder of Catherine’s Peace Team (CPT). He formed this organization to honor the memory of his cousin, Catherine Violet Hubbard, whose young life was cut tragically short by the events at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. CPT is dedicated to spreading a message of peace and kindness as well as keeping Catherine’s memory — and her love for animals —alive. Jack and CPT raise funds to assist the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary, which will be established in Newtown. In addition to a recent teen dance in March, one of the many CPT fundraisers was a “Peace Party” that raised $45,000 via silent and live auctions, with Jack serving as the auctioneer. CPT was named locally as the Outstanding Youth Volunteer Fundraiser Group and Jack has met with Congresswoman Louise Slaughter and White House officials at the White House to talk about the efforts of Catherine’s Peace Team.
What the judges had to say:
“I am very touched and impressed by Jack’s ability to bring children together in the face of a senseless tragedy to take positive steps toward keeping his cousin’s memory alive and supporting her love for animals and the sanctuary being built in her honor. Jack, you are brave and generous and I applaud you and wish you luck in all your future efforts.”