Chandler dance school student publishes 2nd kids book SanTan Sun News

Chandler dance school student publishes 2nd kids book

April 29th, 2021 SanTan Sun News
Chandler dance school student publishes 2nd kids book
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A student at the Elite Performance Academy in Chandler who also was Royal International Miss Arizona Preteen 2020 is now adding best-selling author to her resume.

Ashley Nevison recently published her second children’s book and is donating all profits from her new book to her nonprofit, Sargeant’s Army, to supply hope bags to homeless and other needy people. The profits of one book will pay for one bag.

Ashley, 14, titled her new book “We Are So Beautiful; Valuing the Differences Among Everyone.”

It introduces young children to the concept of diversity and is her second in The Monster Bully Series with Gino and The Monster Bully.

In the book, Gino and the monsters talk about their differences and learn to accept each other just the way they are.

Ashley started Sargeant’s Army three years ago in honor of her cat, which died suddenly of cancer. The charity started out toys and blankets for cats waiting to be adopted and when the pandemic started, progressed into also providing hygiene hope bags for the Arizona homeless.

Since 2020, Sargeant’s Army has donated over 38,000 items in 7,200 hygiene Hope Bags to nine Arizona counties through twelve nonprofit organizations. Ashley’s goal is to reach 20,000 hope bags by the end of 2021.

In addition, Sargeant’s Army also just committed to provide all of the consumables for the homeless shower program at the Human Services Campus in downtown Phoenix. This will be over 15,000 single use shampoo packages, combs, razors and bars of soap for the next six months. “It’s amazing how wonderful I feel when I deliver Hope Bags,” Ashley said. “The sense of helping others makes me full whole and grateful that I can provide some needed items for other Arizonans.”

Ashley also started Sargeant’s Army Sparks, a Giving Tuesday Sparks Arizona chapter. Last fall, she organized an outerwear service project for Giving Tuesday Sparks.

“I knew that the winter was coming and the others I had helped would need warm clothing,” she said. “I created an outerwear campaign with a goal to get at least one youth from every state to donate at least one outerwear item to their local charity.”

Ashley’s project donated over 1,600 items with 87 youths participating in 5 countries and 33 states.

“Next year I hope to get someone from all fifty states and at least ten countries to participate in my outerwear campaign for Giving Tuesday Sparks,” Ashley said.

To encourage others to help any way they can, Ashley recently launched her own podcast, One World, One Future.

“I want to engage others to become involved with their community in their own way and let others know that everyone can help out,” she said. “Together we can make a difference.”

The series focuses on interviewing change makers around the world, their volunteering efforts and their advice on how to start giving back. Since starting the podcasts, 13 episodes have been recorded. You can hear Ashley’s podcasts by subscribing to One World One Future on Spotify, Amazon, iHeart Radio or Apple Podcast.

For all her community volunteering efforts for both animals and people, Ashley has earned the Gold President Volunteer Service Award for the past two years and has been recognized as Daily Point of Light Award honoree #6,899.

Founded by President George H.W. Bush in 1990, the Daily Points of Light award recognizes individuals who change the world through their everyday actions and words so that they may inspire and light the path for others and help each person make a difference in their own way.

Besides being a Be Strong state student representative where she promotes spreading kindness, Ashley reads anti-bullying and diversity books to K-2nd grade students through her personal platform, Friends Stand Up.

Over the last three years, she has read to over 1,800 children in the classrooms and over zoom. Her goal is to reach 5,000 children with her messages by year-end.

Ashley is currently in a pre-professional ballet program and has danced competitively since she was five. She hopes to dance professionally and then attend medical school to become an orthopedic surgeon in the U.S. Navy.

People who would like her to read to a class or be considered for a podcast, can reach Ashley at Ashley.nevison@sargeantsarmy.org.  Both her books are currently available on Amazon and 100 perfcent of the profits from her current book will be donated to buy Hope Bags.

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