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Updated: 06/02/2014 12:53:05PM

An early start in giving back

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SUN PHOTO BY IAN ROSS

Abigail Kirshy, a seventh-grader at Charlotte Academy, holds up a sign Monday for the BackPack Kidz program. Abigail has sponsored a child through the program using her allowance money and hopes to do more.

SUN PHOTO BY IAN ROSS

Abigail Kirshy, a seventh grader at Charlotte Academy Private School, holds up a sign for the BackPack Kidz program. Abigail has sponsored a child through the program using her allowance money and hopes to do more.

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Students from the Charlotte Academy Builders Club help load food donations from their school into a car to go to the BackPack Kidz warehouse. Pictured are students Morgan McAtee, Isabella Lunin, Bo O'Briant, and Samuel Staley with Jolene Mowry, director of the BackPack Kidz program, and teachers Sara Borden and Beverly Lampke.

By IAN ROSS

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Abigail Kirshy, a seventh-grader at Charlotte Academy in Port Charlotte, surprised her mother last year by announcing her intent to sponsor a child.

She did it through Back Pack Kidz, a program she heard about through her mother, Angela Kirshy, who volunteers for the program. The program, organized by the nonprofit Yah Yah Girls, aims to provide food to elementary school students who are on free and reduced lunch but don’t have a reliable source of food during the weekend.

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