Earlier this week, “06880” told the remarkable tale of Hillary O’Neill. The Staples High School freshman — born on September 11, 2001 — has become the face of 911Day.org, a national effort led by the 13,000 boys and girls who turn 14 today. They hope to inspire everyone else to make this a day of not only remembrance, but service to others.
Yesterday, Hillary was interviewed for People Magazine’s TV show. Looking and sounding as poised as a pro, the 9th grader noted that when she was younger, her parents did not know how — or even if — to celebrate her birthday.
Over the years, she said, she’s learned to embrace her birthday. She’s learned an important lesson from it — to live life to the fullest, because it is precious — and she’s proud to be able to inspire others.
So how else is Hillary spending today?
This morning, she rings the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange.
And then — because a volunteer’s work is never done — Hillary helped out with City Harvest, New York’s great feed-the-hungry group. She packed apples with another volunteer. Guy named Kevin Bacon.
To see Hillary’s interview with People Magazine, click here.