Maddie Hoffman and her family
Maddie Hoffman is a Penn North eighth grader who has dedicated her final year in middle school to putting into action a number of our T.A.K.E.S. P.R.I.D.E. social and emotional themes.

Earlier this year, Maddie organized a Buddee Bag Club at North. Using a love of sewing passed on from her grandmother, Maddie taught her classmates how to create special bags that are used by children in the hospital or adults in personal care facilities. The brightly colored bags can be attached to walkers and/or bed rails to hold small items within easy reach. The club has spent many hours this year creating bags as well as baby burp cloths that have been distributed to local nursing homes and hospitals.

Last week, Maddie recruited volunteers to help her assemble nearly 10,000 small but nutritious meals for needy families in our own community and around the world. Maddie raised nearly $3,000 to purchase the ingredients from Rise Against Hunger, an international hunger relief organization.
Imagine the positive impact that Maddie, a humble 13-year old, has had on so many people...comfort and convenience for an elderly person...a fun gift for a sick child...a nutritious meal for a family struggling to survive. This is because she puts the needs of others ahead of herself.

It is heart-warming to know that such great outcomes can occur from showing some “initiative,” “kindness,” “empathy” and “service.”

Congratulations to Maddie on being such a wonderful role model for other students and to her parents on raising such a fine young lady.