Spring Initiative, Inc., USA
Anja Thiessen & Bianca Zaharescu
Anja and Bianca have been involved with student enrichment in the Clarksdale region since their respective high school years, working as teacher’s assistants at Sherard Elementary and volunteering both at after school hours and through Habitat for Humanity. These years of service provided both Local Heroes with long lasting relationships to students they taught and their families. Both Anja and Bianca left Clarksdale for college and professional experience, but they consistently returned to maintain those relationships until they eventually moved back to make a bigger impact on the students they had known, many of whom were now of high school age.