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    Posted September 20, 2011 by
    Litchfield Park, Arizona
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    HEADLINE: Saying ‘no’ inspires child to dream bigger

    Sometimes the greatest ideas arise out of rejection.

    At least that’s what happened to 12-year-old Alexandra Cockett of Phoenix, Ariz.

    Nearly one year ago, the aspiring veterinarian asked to shadow a pet therapy team as a way to give back to her community while enjoying the company of animals.

    Much to her dismay, Cockett learned that many therapy organizations do not welcome kids to participate in their programs due to liability concerns and misperceptions that youth may not be mature enough for the job.

    Taking matters into her own hands, Cockett decided to form her own pet club for kids ages 10-13 with community giving in mind.

    It’s called the PACK Club, which stands for Pets And Caring Kids.

    “I wanted to expose my friends to volunteer and career opportunities with animals,” said Cockett. “It’s kind of like doing our homework early. We can make better choices about our future involvement in the community if we understand our options.”

    Because there is nothing like the PACK Club in the state of Arizona, many professionals are rallying around Cockett by offering their support.

    An attorney provided legal paperwork without a fee.

    A design expert created a club logo for free.

    And now industry leaders are offering their time to lead field trips and presentations for club members.

    Her mother couldn’t be prouder.

    “I haven’t meant a child who doesn’t dream big things, but Alexandra surprised all of us when she decided it was time to start making this dream a reality at such a young age,” said Arminda Cockett.

    What’s equally touching is that Mrs. Cockett overcame a fear of dogs and found a way to treat her allergies, so her daughter could experience pet ownership this year.

    They adopted a two-year-old poodle mix named Milo in recent months.

    “Today we can’t even imagine our family without him because he’s such a perfect match,” said Mrs. Cockett.



    It’s not all fun and games. Explain community service component for Club members.


    Include a comment from Alexandra’s school headmaster (principal) and how he is helping promote the program to the student body.


    Conclude with a comment from a keynote speaker who grew an organization from a germ of an idea like Alex and therefore knows she’ll do great things.



    More photos to be taken this week.

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