“While waiting for test results, teenage volunteers handed
me a gift, which completely relieved my stress and I knew I wanted to give
back,” Joyce said.
Positive Impact for Kids was selected by the Carrboro student body to
be the receiving local charity of its donations.
“I am honored that Positive Impact for Kids was chosen as
the beneficiary of CHS’s generous Winter Links initiative,” Joyce said. “Support
from the CHS community means so much to me and I am glad to be a part of such a
Leah Abrams, CHS student government president, said she was not
surprised when Positive Impact was selected because people knew Joyce and wanted to support her.
“As a school, we have generated thousands of dollars for
Chapel Hill-Carrboro charities through this campaign,” Abrams said. “The
students at Carrboro get really into this, and they're passionate about improving
the world around them.”
Abrams added that Winter Links had previously been
focused during Thanksgiving and winter break on raising money for local families
in need, but this year the students decided to move the fundraiser to January
and find an organization the students felt passionately about.
She said each 5th period class in the school competes to see which class raises the most money,
which usually comes from the students’ spare change.
Carrboro High School Principal Laverne Mattocks said the school's student body is comprised of compassionate and civic-minded
students — which is why Winter Links has become such a big event at their
“I can tell you that it is a vital part of the Carrboro High
School tradition,” Mattocks said. “We do it annually and people look forward to
Jamie Schendt, adviser to the student government
association at Carrboro High School, said the school is very fortunate to have many students like Joyce
who are passionate about important issues.
“Whether it be through Leanne's organization or the efforts
of our various clubs and organizations, Carrboro High School students
constantly impress me with their leadership capacity and desire to make an
impact,” Schendt said.
Joyce said Positive Impact for Kids has raised more than $50,000
and donated 73
iPads, over 700 gift cards, as well as gaming systems and laptops among other requested
“I hope to raise $100,000 by my high school graduation in 2018. I plan
to donate to at least 500 hospitals and affect over 1.5 million pediatric
patients,” Joyce said. “I would like Positive Impact for Kids to be a nationally
Those looking to donate should contact Schendt at Carrboro High School
or visit the Positive Impact for Kids website.