Magic 98.3 and The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital present “Kids Who Make Magic!”

Each week, we selected a child who deserves recognition for something remarkable they have done in their community, for taking action for a cause in which they believe, or for changing someone’s life for the better!  Each of our Kids Who Make Magic will be honored at an awards banquet on Wednesday, November 15th, 2017.

Childrens Hospital St. Peters


Nominated by Avril Keldo, nurse at Saint Peter’s University Hospital

Carla is a 15-year-old student at Rutgers Prep School who loves playing the flute and has performed at Carnegie Hall.  She volunteers weekly at her church, participates in the MS Society’s Bike Fundraiser, and volunteers her time at the annual holiday party held at Saint Peter’s University Hospital, for children who have lost a parent to cancer. Carla lost her dad to cancer at a young age who was a big advocate for the importance of education, so Carla established the C. David Evans Scholarship fund for children who have lost a parent to cancer which has awarded more than $30,000 in scholarships. Carla is a Kid Who Makes Magic.

Nominated by Felicia Halligan of Cranbury

Cassidy attends Hightstown High is an active volunteer for many causes.  To date, she has collected $852 for Alex’s Lemonade Stand and donated 11 inches of her hair to Pantenes Locks of Love. She received her CPR certification and joined her school’s Red Cross Club, where she’s spent time demonstrating CPR at a Sudden Cardiac Arrest Screening, held by Deborah Hospital. Cassidy also donated her time teaching bus safety procedures to 1st grade students in the East Windsor and spent her summers volunteering at local VBS camps. She volunteers for Skeets Pantry and the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen.  Cassidy considers volunteering as an important part of her life and is a Kid Who Makes Magic!

Nominated by Roseanne Vallely

CatAva is an 8 year old 3rd grader at McGaheran Elementary in Lebanon. She’s volunteered at “Tabby’s Cat Sanctuary-Paws To Read program” where she reads to the cats and kittens. Then she created Pads4Purrs and now sews cat beds for the animals waiting for adoption.

Ava got a sewing machine and used fabric that she collected, bought with her own money and the $900 that she raised through her GOFUNDME page. She’s made nearly 100 beds to date and delivered the first batch of beds to Tabby’s in Ringoes and St. Hubert’s in North Branch where she adopted 2 cats.

Ava was also featured on NJN as an Everyday Hero. Ava is a Kid Who Makes Magic.

Nominated by Larina Cooper

Man in hospitalArianna is an amazing 7th grader at Lincold Middle in Dunellen. She raised $2000 for a friend who was diagnosed with cancer to help with their medical bills. She also raised $1500 for a family friend who was hospitalized when they lost their house in a fire.

Instead of a family gift exchange, Arianna asked everyone to bring gifts for the local animal shelter and donated all of the dog and cat food and other pet supplies. She volunteers for a local food bank and also purchased school supplies for local kindergarteners with the money she won in a state pageant.

Arianna spends her lunch period helping her fellow classmates cope with stress and
is a member of the National Honor Society. Arianna is a Kid Who Makes Magic!

Nominated by Brooke Kienle

9 year old 4th graders Brooklyn and Rebecca attend Warnsdorfer Elementary in East Brunswick and are best friends with BIG HEARTS! Earlier this year the girls held their 3rd Annual BFF Lemonade Stand to raise money for breast cancer research. They are dedicated to helping find a cure.

All of their hard work is done with love in memory of Brooklyn’s grandmother, Rhoda, who lost her brave battle with breast cancer in August of last year, and Rebecca’s grandmother, Lois, who continues her courageous battle each and every day.

This year the girls raised $4,500 for this very worthy cause! All of the money they raised is being donated to Susan G. Komen, an organization near and dear to Rebecca’s grandmother’s heart.

Brooklyn and Rebecca are this week’s Kids Who Make Magic

Nominated by John Grecsek

14 year old Haley attends West Windsor Plainsboro South High School. Last year Haley came up with the very special idea of collecting soccer cleats for underprivileged children to help them pursue their soccer passion. They set up “One K Cleats for Kids.” as a 501c organization and also collect donations to help offset the distribution costs. Haley contacted coaches, teams and tournaments throughout New Jersey including 7 prominent clubs in our state and continues signing up local chapters across the country. The original goal was to collect 1000 pairs in the first year which they surpassed in just 7 months. All 1000 pairs of cleats were shipped to children in Haiti. This year’s goal is 2000. This is a great example of kids helping kids and a great story of a kid who makes magic. Congratulations Haley!

Nominated by Jalpa Purani of Piscataway

8 year old Om from Piscataway attend Randolphville School was the inspiration and is the reason that his family has raised over $25,000 for the non-profit “Pencils of Promise” to help build a school for underprivileged children in Laos.(Louse)

The initiative started 3 years ago with his neighborhood lemonade stand. This spark of $60 encouraged his family to also run half-marathons and bike tours. When he was 6, Om rode his bike 42 miles in the rain to raise funds and was the youngest rider.

Om loves sports, music and is a voracious reader. He continues to look for ways to help others and plans to do much more.

Nominated by Beth Urbanksi, Teacher

15 year Owen attends Somerville High School, and really enjoys helping fellow students.  He volunteers twice a week in the “Be-A-Buddy” program that benefits students with special needs, and assists his teacher with students who need additional assistance with social studies. He also volunteers during summer months to help provide educational services for students in the Somerville middle school.  He does so much on his own time, and loves giving back to the school community.  He never asks to have the hours documented; he simply does it because he wants to, and this is why he’s a “Kid Who Makes Magic!”

Nominated by family friends son

12 year Balan attends John Adams Middle School, and through the power of social media, is helping to raise money and awareness for children in Calcutta.  He also attends community events to raise awareness about an outreach program called “Udaan” that provides housing and education for children in Calcutta.  He believes in this cause and wants to spread the word about those less fortunate, and this is why he’s a “Kid Who Makes Magic!”


Nominated by Purva, her mother

15 year Sarina attends South Brunswick High School, and founded “Dress To Learn,” an organization that raises money for children in India who can’t afford to purchase the required uniform to wear to school.   To date, she’s helped over 500 students attend classes and get an education, all through the power of one creative idea and the passion to give back and make a difference!  For this reason, Sarina is a “Kid Who Makes Magic!”

CHLOE Nominated by Pete Clark, Retiring Principal

16 year old 11th grader Chloe, on behalf of her grandfather who served in the Vietnam War worked on a special project with the non-profit organization “Military Connections” and started a collection to satisfy a need for protein bars and tuna packets for military personnel stationed abroad. Chloe was very successful and collected hundreds and hundreds of protein bars and tuna packets.

This month she continues her charitable ways by collecting lip balm and dental floss for “Operation Gratitude” where care packages will be sent to troops, veterans and first responders to thank them for their service. Chloe is also involved in the Key Club and student government at North Brunswick Township High School. Through Chloe’s magical projects she has been a true asset to the North Brunswick Township High School community.

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