KLRU shares the inspiring stories of the people that are making our community a success! As part of our American Graduate initiative, we’re honoring American Graduate Champions that have been submitted by the community.
Today’s Champion is Alexander (Xander) Christou. Alexander is in the seventh grade at Fulmore Middle school. He started an initiative, Hooked By Books, in which he partners with publishers to provide a free book to each child in an at-risk elementary school. He has a book review blog, foreverbookish.com, writes for well-known blog “Page to Premiere,” plays soccer, is member of Book People’s Teen Press Corps, attends book conferences & author events, and is the co-editor of school literary magazine. The recognition letter by the community said: “Xander’s pluck and social entrepreneurship is a lesson for all of us – that no matter what your age, you can be driven by your gifts and passions and share them with the world to make it a better place. Powerful voices come from every age, every corner of the world, every gender, race and creed. Just touching one life can make all the difference in the world, and setting goals and trying to reach them using creativity and compassion rather than keeping your gifts to yourself can start a fire that burns for a long time, both in yourself and in those you serve. Being proud of being “different,” being an individual and standing up for yourself takes guts and intelligence and grit.”
Do you know someone in our community who is working to improve high school success for students throughout Central Texas? Recognize them as an American Graduate Champion! American Graduate Champions can be students who work as mentors, business leaders who serve as role models, school officials making changes to better the system, parent activists, and even struggling students who are overcoming obstacles in order to graduate.