Team Kids challenge comes to Arlington County

(WJLA) - Thousands of kids in Arlington are proving you’re never too young to make a difference. They’re taking on a challenge in the classroom that’s changing lives.

Inside Hoffman-Boston Elementary School, history is being made. The school and three others in the county are the first outside of California getting in on the Team Kids challenge.

“They will each be spending five weeks helping the homeless, feeding the hungry, taking care of the animals at the Animal Welfare League, writing letters to our veterans,” says Julie Hudash, Team Kids founder and CEO.

Hudash founded the nonprofit 12 years ago and is thrilled to be taking it cross-country to the Commonwealth.

"We couldn't ask to be in a better county than Arlington. Our kids have such great dreams and this window of compassion that's wide open."

The free program brings first responders inside schools, inspiring the next generation of leaders.

“We need to let them know that no matters how big, no matter how small they are, they can make a difference each and every day,” says Kimberely Graves, principal of Hoffman-Boston Elementary School.

Fourth and fifth graders will take the giving spirit one step further by giving up recess one day a week to plan a school-wide carnival that raises money for a charity of their choice.

“I think it’s really a great idea getting the kids involved in the community, letting them know that they can make a difference in the community, especially at such a young age,” says Captain David Santini of the Arlington County Fire Department.

And even at a young age, the kids are already proving they have huge hearts.

“It makes me feel good because I want everybody to have food and be equal,” says Jason Alvarez.

“Adults think that just because we’re too young that we can’t make a difference in the world, but in my opinion I think kids have more power,” says Abdellah Mouslik.{ }

He and his classmates have the drive to make a difference that may one day land them the most powerful job in America.
{ }
“I’m planning to be the president," said Alvarez matter-of-factly.