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Helping to end child labor.

Kristen Bloomer, 14, learned compassion from her big sisters. When the eighth-grader from Broad Meadows Middle School in Quincy, Massachusetts, was younger, her sisters told Kristen about "Operation Day's Work." The program is designed to help end child labor in developing countries.

"My sisters would always go to the meetings and come home and tell me about them," Kristen recalls. "I got interested and went to one of the meetings. It was great to see how kids were raising money for poor children in other countries. I really wanted to be a part of it."

About 1,000 students from 20 schools nationwide participate in the program. Fund-raising and volunteer efforts have led to the construction of eight schools in developing countries, and more are on the way. "We all have so much in the United States," says Kristen, who won an award for her outstanding service. "If we all shared a little, then the world would be so much better."
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Title Annotation:CIVICS; Kristen Bloomer
Publication:Junior Scholastic
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Geographic Code:1USA
Date:May 9, 2005
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