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Inspiring others to give back

"You've been given the gift of life, give it back" is the slogan that brought a Williamsville East High School class success in spreading awareness about organ donation through Upstate New York Transplant Services (UNYTS).

Inspired by a teacher's story and experience with organ donation, the class spent months learning about organ donation, listening to UNYTS representatives and taking tours of their organization. The students also made announcements, designed T-shirts and held spirit days to excite students to attend a game night that incorporated organ donation awareness with eating food and playing games with friends after school in the gym.

I'm glad to say I'm part of the class that worked together to put on this event. To spark the interest of kids your age, and especially adults, is such a gratifying experience. The class' passion for the organization and dedication to its cause brought a phenomenal turnout to the game night. We let our enthusiasm shine, and soon enough it began to shine on the faces of the entire student body. The benefit had an effect on everyone.

Sometimes, it seems like kids don't know how to contribute to causes. Between busy sports schedules, school and other activities, where's the time? What I learned is not only can you make a donation or attend an event for a good cause, everyone has a voice. Whether you think it's big or small, it has the power to inspire. If you embrace your talents or strengths and put them toward a good cause, you can impact the lives of others. You can discover things about yourself you had no idea were brewing inside you. You could be a leader, a planner or a speaker, and events such as these bring that person inside of you to the surface.

I guarantee that once you get involved with a charitable organization, you won't want to give up. I suppose that's why I'm writing about my experience. Just because the event ended, I don't want to stop giving back. I want to inspire others to get involved. I want to grasp onto everything I have and help because I'm one of the lucky ones, as are many of you. Those less fortunate have to fight every day, and we have the choice to fight alongside them.

There are two words that have never-ending depth: Give back. Captivating, compelling and enduring, they're words to listen to every day.

Jennifer Musone is a junior at Williamsville East High School.

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