Jackson Hicks, a senior at Bennett Academy in Lisle, is yet another young man from Wheaton, Illinois, who makes a difference in the lives of many individuals. It seems that these motivated young people all have the same goals in mind: to help the less fortunate around them.
As a younger student, Hicks attended St. Michael School. After graduating from eighth grade, Jackson was enrolled in Bennett where he attends Honors Classes. Not only is this young man intelligent, he is also community oriented.
Hicks has lent his services to several different organizations; working to better the world.
He has travelled with the Catholic Heart Group of St. Michael Parish to Ohio where he gardened for the city. He also went with the Youth United Group of St. Michael to Nazareth Farms in West Virginia in order to work shingling, roofing and helping support some of the poorest people of Appalachia. The commitment to go to ‘Naz’ Farms is great, but the idea of not participating never crossed this young man’s mind.
Jackson, being a cross-country contender for Bennett, has competed in the Cosley Zoo Run for the Animals event that takes place in Wheaton. This 5K race is one of the largest races in Chicago’s Western Suburbs. The proceeds of the event established by the Cosley Foundation go to develop Cosley Zoo year after year. He joins the race in order to be able to compete but has that inner desire to help develop Wheaton and its community curricula.
Lately Jackson has joined many of his fellow young philanthropist friends and become a part of Animal Rescue Foundation, Illinois. Along with the balance of the young people that have become involved with this animal rescue organization, Hicks volunteers at local organizations that invite the animals in to adoption events that help the animals to get adopted.
Volunteers introduce the dogs, walk them, clean up after them, feed them and care for them for several hours during each event. Many of the young volunteers of ARF have vast knowledge of the dogs; caring for each and every canine and partnering with the other volunteers to publicize the good works of the rescue.
When young individuals participate in the good of the world, it actually lends itself to influencing those older than them to become involved as well. It seems that more and more kids have embraced the fact that they are not entitled; that they actually need to contribute in order to better the world that we live in.
Jackson Hicks will be participating in the ARF adoption events this weekend. He and his influential friends will be there helping to get many animals adopted and into their forever loving homes.