Skyler Committed to Spreading Kindness in Pinellas County
Pinellas County, Florida (May 2, 2022) – Local teen, Skyler Rideout, is featured as the Humane Hero in the May/June issue of Kind News™, a children’s magazine published by RedRover, a national animal welfare nonprofit.
Two years ago Skyler attended a Humane Society summer camp and became inspired to give back to the community. Shortly thereafter she discovered the Greater Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) Pinellas Juniorettes – a local group of girls aged 12 to 18 who are dedicated to making a difference in their community. The Juniorettes are supported by the GFWC’s local chapters: North Pinellas Woman’s Club, Clearwater Community Woman’s Club, and Clearwater Woman’s Club.
As the Juniorettes’ President, each month Skyler leads the group of eight girls to think of new ideas to help the community and then coordinates the projects. Past projects have included:
- Creating dog toys for animal shelters
- Wrapping gifts for kids in foster care
- Making toiletry bags for human trafficking survivors
- Creating Valentine’s cards for young adults who are leaving the foster care system
- Performing yard work at housing for kids in foster care system
- Painting storm drains
Skyler said, “I love volunteering because I can make a difference in my own community.”
One of Skyler’s favorite projects was making dog toys for the local shelter. The Juniorettes collected old t-shirts and fabric, then met at a park and combined their materials. They cut and braided the strips to make dog tug toys. Additionally, they created crunchy chew toys by placing water bottles into old socks.
RedRover President and CEO Nicole Forsyth said, “It is such a joy to highlight Skyler and the GFWC Pinellas Juniorettes in Kind News. Knowing that there are so many youth going above and beyond to help people and pets in their communities is truly inspiring.”
When Skyler was asked what advice she would give other youth who want to help their community, she said, “Do what you can and actively look for opportunities. If you have an opportunity then definitely take it!”
Kind News uses articles and short features to highlight issues affecting animals and provides tips for understanding animal behavior and caring for pets. Each issue features a young Humane Hero, game or activity, MUTTS comic strip, Critter Clues, and much more.
Do you know a child who goes above and beyond to show kindness towards animals? Submit a kindness story for a chance for them to be featured on RedRover’s and Kind News’ social media channels and potentially be chosen as a Humane Hero: kindnews.org/shareyourstory.
To learn more about Kind News and view Skyler’s feature, visit KindNews.org.
About Kind News:
Kind News magazine™ is an eight-page, full-color RedRover publication that inspires kids to be curious, helpful, and kind to people and animals around them. The publication is available in two reading versions: Kind News,Jr. for grades K-2 and Kind News for grades 3-6, and is distributed five times throughout the school year. The magazine is available in print or as an interactive, digital edition. To learn more, visit KindNews.org.