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Grinning for good

Junior founds fundraising club to help kids around the world with cleft conditions
Katy Daugherty
Junior Caroline Matthews founded an Operation smile club at LHS. Operation Smile is an international organization that helps children with untreated cleft conditions.

It is estimated that one child is born with a cleft condition every three minutes. 

These conditions can have profound impacts on a child’s life, impacting their ability to eat, breathe and speak. Additionally, many children face bullying throughout their childhoods due to this condition. Fortunately, with the right support and care, those children can go on to live happy, healthy lives. Junior Caroline Matthews recently founded an Operation Smile club at LHS to extend a helping hand to those children in need.

Operation Smile is an international organization that helps children with untreated cleft conditions get the surgery they need. Operation Smile helps children with cleft conditions by providing psychosocial care, surgery, dentistry, orthodontics, speech and nutrition. 

“I wanted to start this club [at LHS] because I really believe in this organization’s mission and everything they do,” Matthews said. “I know that my smile is a big part of my life, so if I can change the lives of at least one person, then that’s good.” 

Their first club meeting was last Thursday in Mr. Buenos’s room. The room was filled with people ready to help out kids. During the meeting they discussed their goals, leadership positions and the organization as a whole. 

“Caroline is really dedicated to what she does, and she is always an innovative thinker,” junior Hannah Gapp said. “She has a kind heart and a positive attitude.”

The surgery for a cleft palate costs $240 for Operation Smile. Clubs around the world, like the one Matthews created, fundraise to help kids in need. 

“The Smile Club is important because there will always be children all over the globe that need some extra support,” junior Kathryn Hannah said. “I’m grateful that the Smile Club is there and willing to help.”

The club meets every Thursday morning at 7:55 in Mr. Buenos’s room. Anyone willing to join the cause is welcome to join in. 

“The first project we’re doing [as a club] is making some blankets,” Matthews said. “Then [throughout the year] we’re also going to do a variety of other things like making friendship bracelets, hospital gowns, smile bags and stuff like that [for Operation Smile].”

Smile club will donate the blankets they make to the Operation Smile team. The blankets go to the children in need. 

“I joined the Smile Club because I wanted to be a part of a group who strived to make a positive difference in our world,” Gapp said. “[The club] is special because it’s an organized group of students who believe in a common goal: changing the lives of children and being able to put a big smile on their precious faces.”

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Entering her third year writing for TRL, junior Marisa Green is excited to get back into the newsroom. Outside of TRL, Green spends most of her time in the art room, binge watching netflix, running or getting boba with friends. Green loves to read and is always open to hearing new book recommendations. She is a huge dog lover and loves to talk about her dogs, Lulu and Mozart, who take up 90% of her camera roll. Green can’t wait to see what her next year on TRL will have to offer.
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Katy Daugherty is entering her junior year and second year on staff. She is excited to do graphics and social media for The Red Ledger. Daugherty loves to travel, and her favorite places are Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Hawaii. Katy is involved in FCA, the rock climbing club and powerlifting. Daugherty enjoy spending time with friends and family, eating spicy popcorn, tubing at the lake, Jesus and her beautiful blue Jeep. Katy has 2 sisters, Ryann and Shae. Ryann is 18 and entering her freshman year at Texas A&M and and majoring in architecture. Katy has two rat dogs, Bear and Phoebe. They love going on walks, eating and taking naps. Katy is excited for this new school year and ready for her second year on staff. 

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