Carroll High School Sophomore Sophia Deras has taken the Dragon core value of compassionate service and made it her own by organizing a Snack Pack project for those in need, providing weekend food for students who receive free or reduced lunches at school. She was recently able to deliver 754 Snack Packs to children in need, her largest donation to date.
For the last few years, Sophia has donated hundreds of “snack packs” to Northwest ISD. In order to do this, Sophia collects donations of money and food, completed the required shopping and assembly of bags, as well as organizing other students to help out with these efforts. Sophia recently donated 754 Snack Packs to Hatfield Elementary, which is three times the donation she was able to give the two previous years. Those packs include about 4,000 individual food items, and 5 car loads full, which volunteers helped delivered to the elementary school.
Sophia is a part of the Lone Star Leadership Alumni council, and is required to complete an annual service project as part of her membership. Sophia has taken this project by full force over the last few years, speaking to local neighborhood groups about her efforts, as well as the PTOs within Carroll ISD. Sophia has plans to form a 501c3 non-profit corporation next year so that she can give tax deductible receipts to her donors and community service hours to student volunteers who assist her, all in an effort to increase the number of kids she is able to help.