Giving back is part of life for Timberline sophomore Kodi Smith-Cruz. Whether he’s pulling ivy and weeds for community parks or helping out at Lacey Parks and Recreation events, Kodi understands the value of service. It’s no wonder he recently received the Gateway Rotary Student of the Month award.
Since 8th grade, Kodi has served on the Lacey Teen Council, a group of middle and high school students who volunteer at teen events and often facilitates activities and programs at the events while acting as positive role models for middle school teens. As part of this group, Kodi has participated in a number of activities including helping with the Giving Tree, Breakfast with Santa, and running the Daddy/Daughter/Mom/Son Dance at Lacey Community Center. He’s also volunteered at the City of Lacey Holiday Parade and ACT Nights.
As an active member of Timberline High School, Kodi plays trombone in the school Band; this activity also includes helping set up and running the Blazer Bazaar as well as playing at home basketball and football games for the past 2 years. When not volunteering or making music, Kodi runs on the Timberline Cross-Country Team and is a part of the Running Club at THS. He also plays soccer (Evergreen College Indoor Soccer club) and volunteers for running clubs by passing out water at the Capitol City Marathon and other marathons in the area.
Kodi currently holds a 3.73 GPA while participating in all of these community activities. Kodi says, “I’m not going to stop volunteering. It’s fun!”
Congratulations Kodi and thank you to Timberline music and choir teacher Terry Shaw for nominating him for the Gateway Rotary Student of the Month!