A Bright Light in the Carmel Community

It is rare that a young child finds a strong sense of purpose. But Kiara Hinze, of Carmel, seems to have an inherent passion for philanthropy, not to mention strong leadership characteristics.

Hinze who currently attends Carmel Middle School, has an innate ability to champion causes she believes in and rally a strong community of support. “In the fifth grade, at Carmel River Elementary School,” her mother Brenda recounts, “Kiara and her class presented to City Council. She was so passionate about making a strong case for banning plastic straws and lobbied the council, along with her classmates, on why they are harmful to the environment.” Pride is clear as she proclaims that the students’ efforts worked. “it was empowering for Kiara to see that her voice could make a difference,” she adds.

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