Jeanne Paff - Hope Award Honoree
After reading The Water Princess with her students, teacher Jeanne Paff was challenged by her first graders to make a difference in the lives of people in Africa who did not have access to clean water. The students appealed to fellow students, family members and business leaders to support their goal of digging a well. In six weeks, the students were able to raise nearly $12,000 to make their dream a reality for the people of Boalin in Burkina Faso.
Jeanne currently teaches first grade at Horace Mann Elementary in Huntington, Indiana. She has 17 years of elementary teaching experience. Jeanne earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Oral Roberts University, her master’s degree in reading from Huntington University and is currently pursuing her ELL licensure to teach students whose native language is not English. Mrs. Paff sponsors her school robotics team and is a hobbyist beekeeper. She chronicles her students’ daily learning on her class Facebook page “Mrs. Paff’s Busy Bees.”
Madlena kalinova - Hope Award Honoree
Bulgarian fashion model for over 15 years now, She has lived in Milan, Paris, Istanbul, Miami, Hamburg and currently is based in NYC. Lover of animals, nature and life itself, she has always wanted to help people in need since her mom has worked with orphans and kids with special needs. When she Met Georgie, they instantly became dear friends through modeling and since she has developed the love of helping others she got involved with the Georgie Badiel Foundation since day one.