Monday, June 6, 2005

Young Miami volunteer headed to Vanderbilt's Class of '09 profiles a volunteer-spirited Miami high school graduate headed to Vanderbilt in the fall of 2005:

"Standing on the Epcot Center stage after receiving his Disney Dreamers and Doers award, Walter Menjivar showed why he was worthy of it."

"The Mount Dora High senior used the opportunity to put in a pitch with Disney executives for free theme-park passes for homeless kids with whom he works at Anthony House, a Zellwood shelter."

"Walter has been volunteering steadily since he was in eighth grade. He is bilingual, so he often teaches English to Spanish-speaking children. He has helped win a grant for two vans at Anthony House, appealed to local officials for support and attendance at homeless-shelter functions and asked businesses for contributions."

"Walter's family is from El Salvador. His mother, Maria Shenk, moved to Florida from El Salvador the year before Walter was born."

"In addition to winning the Disney award, Walter has won many scholarships because of his volunteer work. They will cover the cost of his undergraduate college years. He plans to attend Vanderbilt University in Nashville, majoring in human organization and development."

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