Student Volunteer: Ella Smith
School: River Falls, Wisconsin, USA
Event: School Fundraising
Ella Smith, an 8th grade student in River Falls, Wisconsin, USA, closed her last year of middle school by raising funds for Operation Smile Thailand. Each student chooses a project to complete during their last semester of 8th grade. Ella became aware of Operation Smile Thailand from friends who live in Bangkok and chose to raise money to pay for one reconstructive surgery in Thailand by selling bracelets she ordered from Thailand. Her goal was to raise $750. She sold the bracelets at school and volleyball games and throughout the community and exceeded her goal by raising $950. She presented the funds to OST Chairman Kevin Beauvais and is thrilled to help change the life of a child in Thailand.