“A passionate advocate for volunteering and kindness.”
That is how Parkway High School junior Brianna Cooley describes herself and she has the accolades to back it up, having received the President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) seven times and most recently, the President’s Volunteer Service Lifetime Achievement Award.
Recognized for volunteering a combined 4,000 hours over the last eight years, Cooley is a problem solver who has developed numerous initiatives as a military child to address issues she has seen in each community in which she has lived. A few include Giving Tuesday Military in which she helped lead the effort to log one-million acts of kindness by harnessing social media to motivate volunteers; founding Lil Warriors Kindness Krewe which promotes mentoring of young students to find their purpose through service to others; and as President of Parkway’s Student 2 Student (S2S) organization, developing a wraparound approach to welcoming new students and increasing inclusion through #PantherPals23.
“A huge part of everything I do is helping other young people discover their purpose and passions through serving others,” Cooley said. “With everything I do it’s never about me, but affecting change and loving on others.”
Cooley is currently working at the state level to promote military child inclusion at every school in Louisiana. She is also working to establish a United Through Reading center outside the gate of Barksdale Air Force Base for military families.
She is, indeed, a mover and shaker and Bossier Schools applauds and congratulates Cooley for making a difference.