Phoebe Russell – Never Too Young to Make a Difference

Do you think you’re too young to make a difference? Well, think again! At only 5 years old, Phoebe Russell saw hungry people in her community, and she decided to do something about it…..

Phoebe had seen people on a street one day holding up signs asking for food. She didn’t quite understand what it meant, so she asked her preschool teacher about it. Pheobe’s teacher explained to her that sometimes people go through hard times and can’t afford food. The teacher also told Phoebe that places like their local San Fransisco Food Bank often helped these people. So Phoebe decided that she wanted to hold a can drive and recycle cans to raise money for the San Fransisco Food Bank. Phoebe’s goal was to raise $1,000. But with hard work and determination, Phoebe raised not just $1,000, but $3,736.30! Today, Phoebe continues to raise money to help the hungry, and she has inspired countless others in her community to do the same!

This video tells all about Phoebe and her incredible efforts!

Additional Resources:

  • Here is an article that tells about Pheobe and how she achieved her success!
  • Here is another article that tells Pheobe’s wonderful story of service.

Topics for Discussion:

  • How do you think Phoebe was able to raise so much money at only 5 years old?
  • What qualities must Phoebe have to be able to be so successful in her efforts?

Take Action:

  • Phoebe saw a need in her community and did what little she could to help. What need in your community could you do even a little to help today?
  • Visit the Feeding America website to learn how you can help in the fight against hunger!

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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