Click above for video of Alyson Oleyar and Laura Crowley accepting their award.
At the Charlotte Bacon Act of Kindess Awards Friday night at Newtown's HealingNewtown Arts Space, some young winners hailed from far away — half of the "Leaders of Kindness" recipients accepted their awards via Skype — but some were decidedly closer to home. Monroe seven-year-olds Alyson Oleyar and Laura Crowley — best friends at Stepney Elementary — accepted an honor for their Cool Kids Care Carnival to raise funds for the Wounded Warrior Project, a foundation to help soldiers injured in the line of duty.
Alyson and Laura told Patch their next project will demonstrate Monroe's kindness toward the Sandy Hook Elementary School kids, currently attending class at Monroe's Chalk Hill School.
Called "You've Got a Friend in Monroe," the project will provide personalized journals to Sandy Hook Elementary School students. A different Monroe student will decorate the first page of each journal in a different way, to show Sandy Hook students that each of them really does have a friend in Monroe.