Chad Carrodus, a 16-year-old sophomore at Walton High School, has helped start a new non-profit organization under Walton’s nonprofit status, which is designed to help his fellow students participate in community outreach.

The group is named Walton’s Children’s Charities and is designed to help broaden the horizons of the students who participate, and to encourage them to give back to their communities. The organization hopes to make about $15,000 each year. Already, more than $2,000 has been raised in about two months. A large part of the funds have come from local patrons, including Steve Edison Builders Inc. as well as Northwest ENT.

Carrodus serves as president and CEO, and fellow 10th-graders Devin Filichiccia and Jack Peterson serve as vice president and executive secretary, respectively.

Fellow Walton students inclduing Olivia Baggett, Meredith Lischer, Justin Peterman and Nicholas Orrell-Jones were enlisted to help with the growing group. About 70 students have joined the organization since its inception, mere weeks ago.

The WCC’s first event helped the families staying at the Ronald McDonald House by Emory University Hospital, and members of the group visited with and entertained the families who stay there. Students also cooked food, played games and spent time with the families.

Carrodus’ group is currently looking to raise money for the Kids in Need Foundation, which would be used to purchase more than 100 backpacks, stuffed with school supplies, for the students at Woodson Primary School in Atlanta.

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