Teen comes to give, but gains more than she can imagine

Maria Savani came to Fieldstone Farm to earn service hours required for high school but what she learned was something she will hold with her for the rest of her life: that no matter how different we may seem from each other, finding common interests can bring us closer and build a greater understanding.

This revelation came when one of the girls with Down syndrome in her class asked if Maria liked Justin Bieber. From there they realized they liked the same music, the same artists and had a love for pop culture. Maria discovered she had a lot in common with the students she was helping and they all became friends.

The experience was so eye-opening that she wrote about it for the Maltz Museum’s Stop the Hate essay contest and received Honorable Mention and a $500 award. We congratulate Maria and are so glad she is part of our team.

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