WAFF 48 Star Student: Olivia Reynolds

Olivia Reynolds
Olivia Reynolds

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Olivia Reynolds has straight A's on her report card.

"I think my lowest was a 97," said Reynolds.

The 13-year-old loves to play sports.

"I guess I'm just kind of competitive. I don't know," said Reynolds.

However, life is more than a great educational resume to this Buckhorn Middle School student. It is about helping others.

"You can't just sit around and watch them. You have to go out and help," said Reynolds.

That is exactly what she did after the April 27th tornadoes.

"We were out of school for like a week or two. I was just sitting around, and I was like I want to go help somebody because I felt bad for everybody else," said Reynolds.

She asked her parents if she could head to the Ruth community in Marshall County - an area that saw lots of damage, and also lots of deaths.

For three days, they picked up debris and took groceries to the Arab Rec Center, where Olivia met a woman she will never forget.

"There was one woman there who had been sleeping at the rec center and she was out there when we were cleaning up, and there was one thing that she really wanted. She really wanted some Reese's. So, the next day we came back and we brought her a Reese's Cup because she was really wanting some," said Reynolds.

Olivia was proud of being able to make someone smile.

However, it didn't stop there. She has gone on to volunteer for Christmas Charities and the Salvation Army.

Olivia's mother says watching her daughter has taught her a lesson in "giving".

"I've learned not to be afraid. I've learned to be more of a go-getter when the opportunity presents itself, and not to sit back and think that somebody else is going to do it," said mother Tina Martinson.

"Some people are struggling, and when they're struggling, you'd want somebody to help you," said Reynolds.

So, for giving from the heart, Olivia Reynolds is a WAFF 48 Star Student.

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