Meet Tualatin's Amazing Kid: Amity Humphrey
Tualatin fourth-grader enjoys giving back to communities here and across the world.
Amity Humphrey is filled with the spirit of giving.
She's only in the fourth grade, a student at Horizon Christian Elementary School in Tualatin, but the work she has done has already touched the lives of people on the other side of the world.
Amity was adopted from a Chinese orphanage as a 9-month-old. Now the daughter of a single mom, Margie Humphrey, she could just lived her life in Tualatin and never look back. But that's not the kind of person Amity is.
I remembered how much they cared for me, so I wanted to do something to help them, she says. And I raised money by selling Valentine's stuff, like teddy bears and cards, and we raised $1,200."
That was in 2013, when Amity was in just the first grade.
We went to China that summer and gave the money to them, and we saw the toys that we bought for them, Amity says. And it was a lot of fun, because we got to meet a bunch of kids there. It was a lot of fun to meet the people who worked with me when I was little, and they recognized me, and it was fun hanging out with them.
Amity says she had help from four classmates on the project, but the idea was her own.
Horizon Christian Elementary encourages its students to complete service projects, says Principal Judi Smith.
While Smith promotes the idea of the service projects, she says, they have to be student-driven and usually require a substantial time commitment.
If a student decides that they want to do a service project, they've got to be very businesslike in going to the front desk and asking for an appointment time with me, Smith says. It always means giving up a recess. It means meeting after meeting, because I'm keeping putting responsibility back on them.
I think it's awesome, says Margie Humphrey. You know, the concept of giving really comes through, and thinking about others before yourself.
The school usually sees 12 to 15 service projects done by its student body each year, Smith says.
So far, Amity has been involved in three ad Smith is impressed by her unselfishness.
This February and March, Amity helped her friend and classmate Kelsey Kwong make 300 handmade journals, which they sold to help raise money for clean water wells to be built in the West African country of Mali, where poverty and water insecurity rates are high.
(Kelsey) felt really bad about the orphans that are having to walk for their own water," Amity says. "So we made a service project out of that.
Smith says Amity and Kelsey ended up raising about $600. Students who give to other students' service projects are asked to use their own money, rather than money from their parents.
We had one student come in and empty her piggy bank, Smith says. We had teachers come in and buy one for every student in their class.
In the second grade, Amity also helped out with a candy buy-back run by a local dentist's office after Halloween as a benefit for veterans.
Humphrey is very proud of her daughter.
She gets really good grades, and she works really hard at it, she says. And it's self-driven. That's what's amazing. And I feel lucky, you know, just the fact that we were able to form a family the way we did.
In her free time, Amity enjoys reading she is a regular participant in the Oregon Battle of the Books and baking. She also participates in the Continental Mathematics League, which holds team-based math competitions, and plays sports like soccer and basketball.
You can have a bunch of fun when you work together, Amity says. Teamwork is a really important thing in life.