COCOA, Florida – Some high school students use their summers off for fun, heading to the beach or lounging by the pool.
- Siddarth Ranganath is helping other students do well in school
- The high schooler collected school supplies over the summer
- "Sid" also made videos to help students who were falling behind
Others put in work to help people like Viera High student Siddarth Ranganath, better known as "Sid."
Sid is a problem solver with a passion for learning, especially in science and math. He wants to help other kids do well in school.
"If you don't have pencils or pens, number one, you are not prepared," Sid says. "You don't feel ready to learn."
Sid found out about the Brevard Schools Foundation's "Supply Zone for Teachers" in Cocoa. It's a one-stop shop for educators to stock up on school supplies for Brevard students.
More than fifty percent of those students live on the poverty line and don't have money for supplies. And many times teachers pay out of their own pocket for things they need.
Sid raised $1,500 and collected four boxes full of supplies this summer and gave them to the Supply Zone.
"I also participated in packing supplies in backpacks," he says. "I really felt like I was making a change in the community."
Sid's commitment to learning didn't stop there. He noticed some of his fellow students were having a tough time with science and math.
In response, he developed a new concept to keep them from falling behind.
"I'm making videos purely from feedback from teachers, and what they feel students should learn," Sid says.
It's that attitude and compassion for others that makes Siddarth Ranganath this week's Everyday Hero.