11-year-old helps needy students get back to school

August 29, 2014 at 11:39 am  | Mobile Reader | Pring this storyPrint 

Through her non-profit Kevell Byrd gave away over $12,000 in school supplies to Luling Elementary students to begin the 2014-15 school year.
Through her non-profit Kevell Byrd gave away over $12,000 in school supplies to Luling Elementary students to begin the 2014-15 school year.
R.K. Smith student Kevell Byrd recently provided several incoming students with back-to-school necessities at Luling Elementary, her former school, through her newly created non-profit organization Rise 2 Royalty Inc.

Byrd, 11, said the aim of the organization is to provide school supplies to low income children.  

“My non-profit organization is named after my favorite song I love to play on the piano which is called ‘Rise.’ The song is to encourage other kids about how you can rise above things that you just need to work hard and never give up, so my organization is going to give clothes and school supplies to students at Luling Elementary because of how much they gave to me,” she said. “My belief is that if you have all of your certain needs taken care of you can focus more on education.”

Byrd, the daughter of Kevin and Shantrell Byrd of Luling, was able to raise $12,000 through monetary donations in two months during the summer during which she traveled throughout the south giving speeches to youth bible studies classes at various ministries, vacation bible schools and church congregations on her mission to support students by assisting them through providing them with essential educational needs.  

Byrd also had two very large contributors in Dallas Cowboys wide receiver, and Hahnville native, Laron Byrd who provided a donation through his organization Two Minds One Vision and NFL star Ed Reed, a Destrehan native, who also provided a donation through his Reed Foundation.

To cap off the fundraiser, a Give Back Event was held at the Luling Elementary Open House on Thursday, Aug. 14 and several local leaders and officials came out to support Byrd’s endeavors.

In all, Rise 2 Royalty Inc. provided 250 uniform gift cards for $40 each from Kajan Uniforms in Destrehan that will provide needy students with a Luling Elementary polo shirt, uniform belt and uniform pant. She also was able to purchase 120 backpacks embroidered with the Luling Elementary emblem for $13 apiece and will donate $100 to the school’s 4-H Club, where she was the 2013-14 President, as well as $100 to Beta Club that will enable both clubs to support a medical cause of their choice this school year.

Rise 2 Royalty Inc. is still accepting donations will next assist recent high school graduates with college expenses. If you would like to make a contribution to Rise 2 Royalty Inc. you may do so by calling (504) 452-8705 or emailing shantrellbyrd@cox.net.

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