An ePIFanyNow! Story
Passing it Forward In the Classroom and the Community
We hope you enjoy our new ePIFanyNow features! These features will highlight youth in the area that work to pass it forward and make our community a better place. If you would like to nominate someone please email Ami Iceman at email@example.com.
Classes, tutoring, volunteering, soccer practice and workouts, all before she gets home for dinner. Abbey Bowman’s day is filled by helping others and bettering herself. She is making the world better one good deed at a time. It’s all in a day’s work for this modern-day teenage superwoman.
The 16-year-old Haslett High School junior keeps a busy schedule. Zipping between National Honors Society, Miracle League, Peer to Peer and French club, it’s a mystery how she has time to maintain straight A’s. Even during the school day, her volunteering doesn’t stop; she is a member of LINKS, a program that allows students like Abbey to spend one hour during the day accompanying special needs students to their classes.
Luckily, Abbey has been with the same student, Hannah Kim, for the past two years. “I absolutely love (her),” Abby said of Hannah. Her face lit up with excitement when she said, “We hang out outside of school. We go to the mall, out to eat and to the movies. She loves to sing to me; it’s so cute.”
Serving others has always been a large part of Abbey’s life. At a young age, she and her mother started a journal together, keeping track of the one act of kindness they completed each day. That small tradition ignited something in Abbey that carried on.
Whether it’s paying for someone else’s meal in a fast food line or giving out food from the store to strangers. Abbey is always looking for ways to pass it forward, which is why she jumped at the opportunity to be involved with ePIFanyNow! Accompanied by a group of other young people, she set out on her day of service. One act of kindness at a time, the group worked to improve someone’s day, even in the slightest way.
This isn’t just a hobby for Abbey, it’s something that she wants to dedicate her life to. She plans to pursue a career in physical therapy at Hope College. After tearing her ACL last year and having to go through therapy herself, she decided that she wanted to give others the same care that she was shown during her recovery.
She has a true heart for service and is always ready to lend a helping hand. Abbey is a young inspiration to everyone that comes into her life.
You can learn about other pass-it-forward stories at the ePIFanyNow! party Sunday, May 3 at the MSU Federal Credit Union main headquarters located at 3777 West Road or online at ePIFany.org
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