Tiffany Leahy

Helping others in achieving their dreams

"Getting what you want is not nearly as important as giving what you have." (Krause,1970)

Tiffany Leahy certainly lives by this saying. Tiffany is an ordinary teenager who wants what other teenagers want. She wants to go to college, she wants to finish writing her third book, she wants to hang out with her friends, but Tiffany chooses something different to do with all her time for others she doesn’t even know, and some she will never even meet.

Tiffany wrote an award winning book called, Annadyomene (www.Annadyomene.com), when she was just 12 years old. While writing her book, Tiffany discovered that according to an article she read in US Today by Anne McGrath, "A huge number of teens simply can't make much sense of their textbooks. Close to 70% of eighth graders read below the "proficient" level, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress." This greatly disturbed Tiffany, so she set her sights on changing that statistic and help students to enjoy reading and writing.

Tiffany wanted to make it fun and creative and so with her book she created a writing contest. Over 500 schools in the Washington area are being asked to participate and give this contest to their students. The students (ages from 8-17) need to write 5 or 6 sentences on anything in history and put themselves into it. Once the student enters the contest and wins then they are celebrated with an event held at Microsoft in Bellevue.

When Tiffany is not doing the schools she then volunteers for others - others that she never gets to meet. Babies and small children that are in crisis and desperately in need of comfort.

1) Tiffany and her sister Tara hand sew “Teddy Bears” and colorful "comfy" pillows.

Recipients for these pillows and bears are the following:
 Children’s Hospital (Seattle, WA) for their ill children needing comfort;
 Fire Station #18 (Brier, WA) whose children have been displaced due to fire;
 Police Department/Domestic Abuse (Lynnwood, WA) for children displaced due to violence.
 Police Department/Domestic Abuse (Brier, WA) for children displaced due to violence.
 http://www.king5.com/video?id=119814784&sec=549122

To date: Over 200 bears and pillows have been donated.

2) Tiffany has adopted a Stryker Platoon of 32+ soldiers out of Iraq. She fills strongly about our soldiers fighting overseas, and wants to show support from home. Every day, Tiffany writes letters filled with laughter/jokes and sends boxes of needed things (mostly comfort food/candy) to her Platoon of 32+ soldiers overseas.

3) Tiffany volunteers reading and helping out, every week, to kindergarteners at a local parochial school.

**Extra Note: Tiffany needs everyone's help in getting the word out to the various schools to help in participation of the contest (its free to enter and there is nothing to buy). Tiffany feels there is so much more she can do if she can just get into more schools.

So thank you for letting me take your time to introduce you to a most remarkable, unselfish, young lady, Tiffany Leahy, who is changing our community one student, one baby, and one small child at a time.

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Nancy Quail says ... on Friday, Jan 13 at 11:34 AM

How remarkable! With all the schools cutting back on their programs it is fabulous to see someone making a "new" difference. I hope you win because we need more young people like you making the difference. Thank you!

Bob Rodriquez says ... on Friday, Jan 13 at 2:09 PM

My son enter this contest at school and he has not stopped talking about it (the ceremony was fabulous). Now he is working on his own book with pictures. Bravo Tiffany for a job well done! Now my only question - can you help in math? Hope you win!

Lorie Hayes says ... on Saturday, Jan 14 at 10:43 AM

I was so excited to meet you. You are really moving mountains! I am not sure you realize how you bring out the best in people - you are truly a remarkable young woman.

Jeremiah Combs says ... on Saturday, Jan 14 at 10:24 PM

I read your story and you have my vote. I applaud young individuals who try and succeed in makin a difference in our society today. What an incredible journey you are on with your own contest. I saw your website and was very impressed. Good Luck!

Carla Wellington says ... on Friday, Jan 20 at 2:13 PM

With all the cut backs to our schools I am so glad to see someone making a change in our schools for our students. This young lady is trying to change her community for the better and doing a fabulous job at it. Keep going Tiffany you have my vote!

Brandis G. says ... on Monday, Jan 23 at 5:05 PM

I really Hope you win! :o)

Sandra Day says ... on Monday, Jan 23 at 5:29 PM

I really hope you win - you really do stand for the youth of today - HOW PROUD WE ALL ARE OF YOU - great job Tiffany. Although the others are also worthy of this award - YOU really have worked hard and have earned this totally.

Sam B. says ... on Tuesday, Jan 24 at 10:27 AM

Way to go Tiffany! I just heard about this and I am very excited for you - you deserve this award - you really have worked hard for these kids. Keep me in the loop on this journey.

Kathy & Kevin G. says ... on Wednesday, Jan 25 at 12:44 PM

Way to go Tiffany, you were so great at our kids school. You really made a huge impression on those students - we have talked to several of the parents and they would love for you to come back next year - maybe think about it.... Good Luck to you.

Miriam Murphy. says ... on Friday, Jan 27 at 4:56 AM

So proud of you Tiffany,Keep up the great work!

Cathy C. says ... on Friday, Jan 27 at 8:16 PM

I could not believe when I saw your name that this was really you. To think of everything you have done for everyone around you without thinking about yourself - we should all learn from you Tiffany. I really hope you win this.

Danny C. says ... on Friday, Jan 27 at 8:18 PM

I'm with Cathy on this, I was very proud to say I know you - but I had no idea everything you have been doing - you really blew my out of the boat on this one Tiff. What a way to go - you definitely RULE!!!!

Lisa Boulden says ... on Saturday, Jan 28 at 9:17 AM

Such a remarkable young lady. An inspiration to others, and a beacon to follow! Kudos!!!

Sara Limos says ... on Saturday, Jan 28 at 12:49 PM

What a great role model for my daughters to emulate. You are a household name in our house. You have inspired my daughters to write. I applaud you. I truly wish the best for you. You have my vote.

Diane Smith says ... on Monday, Jan 30 at 6:00 AM

Tiffany is an amazing young lady. She sparkles and will brighten many lives through her gift of writing, creativity and imagination.

Lonnie Howard says ... on Monday, Jan 30 at 3:29 PM

Tiffany you're a compassionate spirit with global humanitarian visions...our planet desperately needs "angels" like you to help us recognize our common brotherhood! Your very proud Aunt Shannon asked that I "meet" you! I'm honored...you go girl!

Rich Howard says ... on Monday, Jan 30 at 3:46 PM

Tiffany is making it happen in a big way. As a retired teacher I know the value of students like Tiffany in their school, community and in Tiffany's case, the world. She's the kind of person that makes the world better for all of us. Go Tiffany!

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