Birdie Paul already has a lengthy list of accomplishments. But this 11-year-old Lake Forest Elementary School student isn’t too busy to notice the needs of others.

Birdie excels academically, is a member of safety patrol, student council and chorus, and she recently starred as Ariel in her school’s production of “The Little Mermaid, Jr.” She also plays softball and hockey.

Along with her parents, Andy and Beth Paul, and her younger brother, Birdie enjoys serving others. Away from school, Birdie helps her grandmother deliver meals for Meals on Wheels and she volunteers with Skate, Roll, and Stroll, an ice skating program for all abilities at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena.

Birdie’s positive leadership stands out among her peers.

“She does have a desire to serve,” Beth Paul said. “She often puts others’ needs in front of her own and she does it instinctively and naturally.”

Beth Paul said her daughter has a heart for those impacted by poverty and those with special needs.

“I like to help other people because it makes me feel better and I think it makes the other people feel good,” Birdie said. “If somebody at recess doesn’t have a friend to play with or if somebody is being mean, then I’ll go be their friend.”

Birdie lost a friend to leukemia and as a result, she has a dream of becoming a pediatric oncologist.

“I want to help lots of children who are going through that,” she said.

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