Kylie Ly, Mother Seton Parish, 8th Grade
For the past two years, beginning at the young age of eleven, current eighth grade student, Kylie Ly, has been volunteering at Sunrise Senior Living in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Kylie holds a musical show every second Saturday of the month for two hours, sharing her God-given talents with the elderly by singing and playing the piano.
Kylie shares of her experience, “The elderly expressed to me how grateful and appreciative they are that, at such young age, I am able to deliver classic songs that bring back memories. I did not realize that my passion for playing piano and singing can bring so much joy to people, especially the elderly. I have learned that spending even a small amount of time listening to the elderly sharing their life experiences gives them much happiness, which I can see in their eyes!”
Kylie states that her service work has lead her to a full understanding of the meaning behind commitment and dedication. In order to prepare for and deliver a good show, she spends no less than ten hours a week practicing her programs, script, choice of songs, and piano pieces. Kylie is especially thankful to God for this opportunity, which she says, “gives her a different perspective in life, which strengthens my relationship with my family, especially with my grandparents.”