SAN DIEGO, CAlif.-- The Academy of Our Lady of Peace junior, Kaleigh Lane, recently took a trip to Tijuana to spend the day volunteering with children at a local orphanage.
"Right when we got to the orphanage we were greeted by all the kids and it was super awesome to see all the smiles on their faces," said Lane. "They were really excited to see us. Throughout the day we got to play with them, cook for them, play with their toys, and read them books. It was awesome."
The Point Loma resident says since the 6th grade she's used her free time to give back. Every summer the 16-year-old says she volunteers at a camp for kids with disabilities, and throughout the year she will participate in food drives for Stand up for Kids, work at St. Vincent de Paul, raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and volunteer with Excel Like 12, an organization that provides basketballs to inner city youth.
"My parents always pushed that we go out and give back every year," said Lane. "So I just started at a young age and I've continued it up until now which is cool. I think it helps me stay grounded. I've learned humility and compassion for others through all of this since I was little."
Beyond her community service work, Lane balances her time between academics, four on campus clubs, varsity volleyball and softball for the Pilots, and club volleyball and softball throughout the year. Lane says her ultimate goal would be the opportunity to continue to give back and earn a scholarship to play either volleyball or softball at the next level.
"I know it's difficult to play at the next level but I've been putting in the work for a long time and I think it will pay off," said Lane.