Meah Jones

Meah Jones presented the Texas State Board of Education Student Hero Award. She is pictured with Old Settlers Principal Kelly Hayunga, brother Colt and Joseph Coburn, chief schools officer.

During a campus-wide special assembly, Old Settlers Elementary student Meah Jones was presented the Texas State Board of Education Student Hero Award.

Only 15 students statewide named Student Heroes for outstanding works of service to their school or community.

Meah, her brother Colt, who is also an OSE student, and their family were ultimately recognized for selflessly giving back to others for the past two years. 

What started as a request for $20,000 from mom and dad to “give away” has turned into something much more than any amount of money could ever buy. In 2017, Buddy and Boo: Kids Impacting Kids Through Kindness was established when Meah and her brother Colt brainstormed a way to raise money to help others. 

They decided to sell cookies, but not just your average, everyday cookie. These cookies were from a secret family recipe which required the dough to be made by hand. Meah and her brother made every batch of homemade, handmade dough for all 65 orders they received that first year. Once they collected the money from the cookie orders, they decided to gift a class of second-grade students at another North Texas school with the following items: a book, pair of socks and Pop-Out Pet. 

"Meah has displayed characteristics that would not even be on the radar of most 10-year old kids," Old Settlers Principal Kelly Hayunga said. "Her spirit of giving, as well as her brother’s, is something to be commended. The time she has dedicated each Christmas season to sell, make and deliver items to kids who are not as fortunate speaks volumes as to what she believes really matters. Meah has truly been a heroine to the second-grade students at Sigler Elementary for the last two years and has no plans of slowing down."

Meah was extremely grateful to receive the award not only in front of her peers, but most of her family was able to attend. 

“Receiving this award would not be possible without the help of my brother Colt and our mom and dad,” Meah said. “Today, was a very special day and we look forward to growing Buddy and Boo.”

Meah and her family are currently working on turning Buddy and Boo into an official non-profit organization and hope to eventually attain a 501(c)3 designation in the near future. 

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