Sabrina Dillon is always busy, whether it’s school work, or one of many student activity clubs, or sorting donated goods for Haiti relief. Her passion rubs off on her friends, too.
“I think what’s made me most proud is being able to involve my whole community, my school, my neighborhood, my friends and family in my service project for Haiti,” Sabrina said.
In four years at Michael Krop High School in northeast Miami-Dade County, Sabrina has raised more than $10,000 for an orphanage in Haiti.
“It’s very difficult because you look at all the kids here in Miami then you look at the kids there and you think, what a stark contrast,” Sabrina explained.
Through her church, Sabrina has volunteered at the orphanage, located in a remote area of northwest Haiti, three times. At Krop High, she’s leading the effort to raise money and goods for Hurricane Matthew victims.
“I think the most astounding thing about her is she just does what she does for no recognition, but at the same time, she’s done amazing things,” said Michelle Russell, the school’s activities director.
Russell says Sabrina’s work, inside and outside of school, inspires her classmates, and they agree.
“Whenever you see her, you wanna follow her, you know, like whenever you see what she’s doing, you look at her and say 'wow, I wanna do the same thing,'" said classmate Carlos Solis.
“Everything she does is just to help other people, really, so selfless, which is like so amazing,” said Alexis Fried, another one of Sabrina’s friends. “She is so humble, which I love about her, and she doesn’t make a big deal out of her achievements.”
Sabrina is also a straight-A, AP Capstone student, in the top three percent of her senior class. She’s hitting the books with an eye on a future directly influenced by the indelible experiences she has had in Haiti.
“It’s mind-blowing, and I show people the pictures and the videos of the children and they’re like, how do they live like that? And I actually want to study to be a pediatrician so I can go back to places just like Haiti and help children just like them,” Sabrina said.
In the meantime, she’s acting locally and thinking globally.