Way to go: Kaileigh Ringstad, Babylon
Kaileigh Ringstad is constantly brainstorming ideas to help local children in need.
She also recently baked three cheesecakes and two pans of brownies and personally gave them to children at the facility.
"Some of them you could see were sick, and it made me sad," said Kaileigh, 9. "But I got to know them, and they were fun." She added, "It's fun to give back to people that need it."
Kaileigh said she raised more than $200 at her school this winter through the sale of paper Christmas ornaments, which she priced at 25 cents each. Ornaments contained a donor's name and were hung on a wall.
She and several friends also sold homemade bracelets this summer to tourists in Montauk.
"Kaileigh is a remarkable young lady who displays empathy and leadership in all that she does," said principal Randee Bonagura. "She uses her academic knowledge combined with the many values her family has taught her to benefit others. We are very proud of her."