PROSPERITY — Adriane Morris is just your typical 9-year-old girl — or is she? Participating on two dance teams, pageants, and three community service projects, Morris describes herself as caring and loving people and her community.
Adriane’s Can of Hope is just one of several projects Morris does during her free time. The service project benefits the Pomaria Community Food Bank. When Morris found out the food bank was running low on canned goods, she said she wanted to do her part to help.
Morris has been to the food bank already this year to donate her time stocking shelves, and plans to do so again May 19.
“It makes me feel good to give back to people,” she said.
Morris said she has also donated some of her old books and toys to the shelter. She recalled seeing a young girl about her age coming into the food bank while she was stocking shelves, and her eyes lit up when she saw the toys.
“I saw her getting books of mine and it made me feel good inside,” Morris said.
“Stuffed Animals with Hugs” was another project Morris got involved with during the holiday season where she helped collect stuffed animals that were later donated to Toys for Tots.
Another of Morris’ service projects is Blankets of Love, in which she has donated blankets and food for pets at the Newberry Animal Shelter. This project occurs about three times a year, Morris said.
The donations are made not only by Morris, but by her family, friends, and participants from pageants she has been in.
“I just love animals,” Morris said.
A part of Girl Scout Troop 2727 in Newberry, Morris said she has also been able to volunteer her time at the animal shelter with others her age.
Morris is a student at Prosperity-Rikard Elementary in Prosperity, and has taken classes at Griffin Dance for six years, where she competes on two dance teams, as well as does solo numbers.
Morris said she’s taken tap, jazz, ballet, and hip-hop classes, and hopes to give clogging a try soon.
What Morris said was her most recent accomplishment was to represent South Carolina at the USA National Miss Scholarship Pageant in Daytona Beach, Fla. The title began with the 2014 S.C. Princess.
While in Florida, Morris will compete in evening gown, interview, and a runway fashion show. The pageant will take place June 24 through June 28.
Morris said her favorite part about participating in pageants, which she has done for the past six years is to meet new friends, and see old friends she has competed with in the past.
“The crown is just a package that goes with it,” Morris said. “The main thing is just to have fun.”
What inspires Morris to be so involved in her community? She said it is that people tell her she can do anything if she sets her mind to it. Her goal when she grows up is to become president of the United States.
“I’ve always told her, if you give a girl the right pair of shoes, she can run the world,” said Morris’ mother Delisa.
If Morris was to become president, aside from shopping because she said she would have lots of money, she said she would try to help people any way she could, whether that be giving them food, or finding them a place to live.
“I’d also lower taxes because I hear a lot of people saying, man those things are too high,” Morris said.
Overall Morris said she just enjoys seeing people smile and helping others, which is what inspires her to keep contributing to her community.