Senior Avery Pickett has been instrumental in helping students in need at Cape Fear.

Sarah Grace, CFNN Reporter

Avery Pickett is a senior here at Cape Fear High School. She is a varsity cheerleader, Beta Club Vice President, and a lead mentor in the Freshman Mentor Program. Avery is also a member of the Key Club and the Student Government Association.

Outside of these activities, Avery is very involved in the Cape Fear community. She makes a difference daily through a program she created when she was in the third grade: Backpack Buddies.

Avery is recognized by CCS Superintendent Dr. Marvin Connelly, Jr.

Backpack Buddies provides food for kids whose parents do not have enough money to afford to provide meals for their children. These students must be on free and reduced lunch to receive assistance through the program.

Avery’s program helps students at five schools in our district: Cape Fear High, Mac Williams Middle, Eastover Central Elementary, District 7 Elementary, and Armstrong Elementary.

According to Avery, 15 Cape Fear students are currently receiving help through the program. Backpack Buddies assists 85 students each week.

Avery is recognized at the Board of Education Meeting.

Every Wednesday night, Avery packs food in the fellowship hall at Lebanon Baptist Church. She makes each student a bag that has enough food for the student to eat over the weekend.

Hailey Speicher, a sophomore at Cape Fear, helps Avery pack food on Wednesday nights. Avery says, “Hailey has such a strong passion for helping kids in our community, just as I do.”

Avery was recognized by the Cumberland County Schools Board of Education on October 8 for her outstanding program. She was invited to attend the board meeting last Tuesday, where she was recognized. Here she was called onto the stage where she received a plaque for Outstanding Community Service.

Avery also has a summer program to provide students and their families food over the summer. She provides families with full meals that they can pick up from Lebanon Baptist Church.

Avery poses with Cape Fear Principal Brian Edkins.

Avery explains, “knowing that I am helping people across my community with things that they need makes my heart full.” She adds, “I know that I am giving them something that a lot of people take for granted.”

The Cape Fear community is immensely proud of Avery and all of her hard work to help those in need. We are excited to congratulate her for her exceptional effort and her great compassion for those in need!