Kauai resident earns presidential award

  • Contributed photo by Jake Herbig

    Aaliyah Keala Nero was recently named a Daily Point of Light Award winner for her volunteering with her foundation, Keala’s Big Sister Club.

  • Photo courtesy Stephanie Shinno

    Aaliyah Keala Nero was recently named a Daily Point of Light Award winner for her volunteering with her foundation, Keala’s Big Sister Club.

LIHUE — Aaliyah Nero’s dedication to helping kids and young adults in need has earned the sixth-grader a national award.

The Daily Point of Light Award is bestowed daily on weekdays in the United States and the United Kingdom on individuals who create meaningful change in their communities.

“The Daily Points of Light award recognizes exceptional individuals who are using their time, talent, voice and treasure to improve the lives of others,” said Jaqueline Innocent, vice president of Recognition Programs of Points of Light.

She continued: “These points of light, like Aaliyah Nero, make an impact on individuals while also helping build resilient communities.”

Nero is the founder of Keala’s Big Sister Club, a non-profit organization that focuses on helping kids in need, mainly by collecting and distributing gift cards.

“It feels good to help others in need,” Nero said. “It makes the world a better place to live in.”

The Daily Point of Light Awards were started in America by President George H.W. Bush, who instituted a daily presidential recognition program from the White House.

Throughout his presidency, Bush bestowed 1,020 Daily Point of Light Awards on citizens and organizations making a difference in other people’s lives and solving community problems.

The 5,000th award was presented at the White House with Bush co-presenting with President Barack Obama.

Nero is encouraging kids who want to volunteer to jump on board with Keala’s Big Sister Club.

Kids who want to volunteer can do so for free, and information is available on the Keala’s Big Sister Club Facebook page.

“Let’s lead and help our community together,” Nero said.

  1. Ted & Mary DeMarce February 4, 2018 8:18 am Reply

    GOOD ON Aaliyah,, she makes all the bad news look good.. Its people like her that shows the rest of us, even ol folks like us.
    Thank you Aaliyah for making our day so much better !!!!!
    Ted & Mary – Wenatchee Wa.

  2. Janice Bond February 5, 2018 3:27 am Reply

    Congratulations Aaliyah! I am on the Hawaii Commission for National & Community Service. I have attended several Points of Lights awards ceremonies, the last when Rep Tulsi Gabbard received the new representative giving service. You deserve this award!

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