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Aidan Anderson

Aidan Anderson, age 17, is a singer, songwriter, speaker, Ted talker and co-founder of Aidan Cares, a nonprofit that seeks to inspire people of all generations and economic backgrounds to share in the joy and necessity of giving. At 7 years old, Anderson was playing harmonica in a restaurant one night, and his impromptu jam session earned him $80 in tips. After realizing he had everything he needed, he chose to donate that $80 to sick children in Africa. That one simple choice to give changed his life and put him on his path of purpose.

Anderson plays harmonica, ukulele, guitar, sings and shares his story everywhere he possibly can, including hospitals, nursing homes, schools, churches, festivals, leadership summits and youth gatherings. His mission is to share the necessity and joy of giving with all ages. Anderson is the proud recipient of the Daily Point of Light Award, the Coretta Scott King A.N.G.E.L. award and the Hasbro Community Action Hero Award, among others.

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Mandy Manning

Mandy Manning teaches English to newly arrived refugee and immigrant students in the Newcomer Center at Joel E. Ferris High School in Spokane, Washington. In her classroom, Manning uses experiential projects like map-making to help her students process trauma, celebrate their home countries and culture, and learn about their new community. As 2018 National Teacher of the Year, Manning will encourage educators to teach their students to overcome their fears and seek out new experiences.

Manning has taught for the past 18 years, six of which have been in her current role. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Washington University, a Master of Arts degree from West Texas A&M University and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Northwest Institute of Literary Arts. Manning is a National Board-Certified Teacher.
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