Never Too Young or Too Old to Make a Mark!


Do you think you’re too young to accomplish something great? Too old to make a difference? Well, take a look at the achievements of these people! They prove that age is just a number and that it’s all about your attitude. With hard work and determination, no matter what your age, you can make your mark on the world, just like they did!

  • At age 2, Julian Pavone learned how to play the drums.
  • At age 7, Asher Bradshaw is on his way to becoming a skateboarding pro.
  • At age 10, Remmi Smith is the star of her own cooking show.
  • At age 12, Aubree Oliverson has become an award-winning composer and violinist.
  • At age 16, Errick Smith became the youngest person ever to fly both a plane and a helicopter solo.
  • At age 33, Oksana Chusovitina competed and won a medal in the Beijing Olympics as one of the oldest female Olympic gymnasts ever. 
  • At age 70, fitness expert Jack LaLanne pulled 70 boats holding 70 people for 1.5 miles. And he did it wearing handcuffs and shackles!
  • At age 80, actor George Burns won an Oscar for his role in the movie “The Sunshine Boys”.
  • At age 90, “Banana George” Blair went barefoot waterskiing – he bcame the oldest person to do so.
  • At age 100, Grandma Moses illustrated the famous book “The Night Before Christmas”.
  • At age 109, Ruth Hamilton was the world’s oldest blogger.
  • At age 121, Jeanne Louise Clement recorded a rap CD.

Additional Resources:

  • Check out the Tootlee website to learn more about young people who have accomplished great things! 
  • Check out the Growing Bolder website to learn more about older people who have accomplished great things!

Topics for Discussion:

  • What qualities do you think these people have that helped them achieve such great things?
  • If you could try anything and have success, what would it be?

Take Action:

  • Visit the Kids Can Make a Difference website to learn more about how kids can do great things to help the world!
  • Visit the Experience Corps website to learn more about ways older people can use their experience to help others!

Teacher Features:

  • Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for elementary school students.
  • Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for middle school students.


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