It is easy to see Karanja Elliott’s abilities on the football field. One recent example is the October 22nd game against Lincoln where he carried the ball for 225 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries.
Recently, however, Karanja Elliott was one of ten high school seniors honored by the Westchester County Youth Board for their volunteer efforts in the community. The news story on westchester.gov described Mr. Elliott’s community service:
Karanja has been a member of the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester for 12 years, where he is admired by the staff and his peers. Karanja volunteered in the after-school program at the club. He showed such extraordinary talent as a care giver that he was promoted to junior staff. He acts as a big brother, advisor, leader and mentor. He keeps the children active, helps them with homework and shares his terrific sense of humor and artistic and athletic talents. Karanja is particularly good at working with the children who are angry, alone or socially isolated. He can relate to these children and has a special bond with them.
As a member of the Keystone Club, Karanja has dedicated many hours of service to the club and community. He participates in senior citizen events and food and clothing drives for local shelters. He has volunteered in a soup kitchen and helped with fund- raisers for Haiti and children with AIDS in Africa. Once a child who hated school, Karanja now dreams of attending college. He knows that hard work, determination and a college education will open doors. He is on track to graduate with an Advanced Regents diploma. He is a talented artist and athlete. He is described by his school counselor as “a peacemaker and places his own needs aside to help others achieve.”
For being an exceptional athlete with a good head on his shoulders and a heart for volunteer service, Karanja Elliott joins Rory Silverman as one of the students of the month at Fox Lane High School.