Teen brings smiles to sick children's faces

For Emily Dombrowski, giving back to the community is very important. The Marcus High School senior has been involved with one local charity for the last few years in a very unique manner.

“I started out with an idea that would help the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas, hopefully, in a different way,” Dombrowski said. “My mom is a dental hygienist, so I knew all about dental hygiene and dental health. I had also heard about the Ronald McDonald House before, but had never really worked with them and decided that it would be a great opportunity to work with them.

“So I organized a project in which I would collect dental health items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss along with activity books and crayons.”

Dombrowski said she talked to honor societies and clubs at Marcus High School about the project and even got her middle school involved.

The Marcus senior handed out bags with a list of items that were needed and collected all the bags, sorting them according to age and gender.

“They will be distributed at the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas as the children come in to stay for their treatment/surgery at one of the local hospitals,” Dombrowski said.

The Flower Mound teen is also a member of the Teen Board and Leadership board for Ronald McDonald House of Dallas.

Dombrowski said she feels it is very important for her to help local communities in whatever way she can.

“I have been very fortunate, and I realize that others have not,” Dombrowski said. “I went to Catholic school for elementary and middle school, and they advocated community service. So I participated in numerous community service projects and was introduced to various organizations that helped different groups of people in the Dallas area.”

Dombrowski, who is also a member of the National Honor Society, English Honor Society, Science Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Interact, Habitat for Humanity, DECA, Student Council and Circle of Friends at Marcus High School, is the assistant editor on the yearbook staff as well.

“I love being involved and a part of a vast array of clubs, because I get to do and see so many different things and get the opportunity to make a difference in so many different ways,” Dombrowski said. “It is also amazing to see different clubs work together and all of the ideas and activities they come up with.”

Dombrowski, who has a 4.0 grade point average and is in the top four percent of her graduating class, said she has an even bigger ambition for her next project.

“Some time this year, I do plan to do the project again, except nationwide,” Dombrowski said. “I have found a list of all of the Ronald McDonald Houses in the United States and plan on finding corresponding high schools in the areas where those houses are. I will send them the exact way in which I went through with the first project.

“I am hoping to either go through National Honor Society or one of the other societies at these schools. They can collect the items through their honor societies and then donate them to their local Ronald McDonald House.”

Dombrowski said she hopes a couple of things come from this.

“I hope that this not only promotes dental health among these children, but also assures them that they don’t have to worry about forgetting anything and that the Ronald McDonald House can provide anything they need and a safe place to stay,” Dombrowski said.


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