A fourth grade student at Trimmier Elementary School was recognized by KISD trustees for her work in helping other children who suffer from a condition that causes hair loss.
Briana Liles is one of two Killeen ISD students selected by the Central Texas Youth Coalition to be part of the 20th annual Incredible Kid Celebration.
When she was in kindergarten, Briana was diagnosed with alopecia areata, which is an autoimmune disease that causes hair loss.
She had to live with bullying early in life because of her hair loss.
Over time, she has learned to embrace the fact she did not know if her hair would ever return and has taken advantage of the opportunity to educate others about the condition.
Over the last 10 months, Briana has raised more than $2,500 for the Children’s Alopecia Project, a nonprofit that hosts camps for children with alopecia to build their confidence while also educating families.
Briana’s largest alopecia fundraiser was at Lemonade Day where she owned and operated her own lemonade stand which she designed.
Working a total of 24 hours over two days, Briana raised more than $900.
For her efforts, she was selected as the Fort Hood Area Lemonade Day Entrepreneur of the Year. Briana went on to win National Lemonade Day Entrepreneur of the Year being selected from more than 80,000 children in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico.
Briana volunteers in other capacities as well.
She collected an entire truck bed full of animal supplies valued at $500 which she donated to the local animal shelter.
Briana volunteered weekly throughout the summer in local nursing homes playing bingo, painting nails, and just spending time with the elderly.
Briana created handmade Valentines for hospitalized veterans and led her school student council to do the same.
She has also held fundraisers to donate reusable travel bags full of personal care products, a blanket, and a toy to Salado Circles of Care which cares for children removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect.
In the last 10 months, she has volunteered more than 700 hours of service earning the bronze, silver, and gold Presidential Volunteer Service Awards.
She received a standing ovation from those at the meeting as she was presented a certificate of thanks for her work.