Kindness matters to local girl chosen for national recognition

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STILWELL, Kan. -- On Thursday morning Izabella Borowiak-Miller is going to Disney World for free with the Disney Dreamers Academy. Izabella won this trip because she wrote an essay about her dream to help others, particularly those who are bullied and our country's veterans.

Izabella's hero is Burl Cain, the warden of the Louisiana State Penitentiary, and well-known from Animal Planet's Louisiana Lockdown. He's known for inspiring hope in what many call a hopeless place.

"It's really awesome to see how these evil people become so kind and gentle to these ones that can't help themselves," Izabella said.

Izabella follows in his footsteps in her own school, providing hope for the bullied.

"Do unto others as you would want done unto you," she said.

She says to combat bullying, she spreads kindness.

"A girl once said a horrible thing to me, and I just turned around and I said, 'You know what? You have really pretty hair today,'" Izabella explained.

Izabella is a partner for students with disabilities at Blue Valley Southwest High School.  At home she's a big sister and tutor for her younger siblings, all eleven of them.

"I love it. It's so fun. There's never a dull day, and it's just awesome," she said.

Izabella hopes during her trip her hard work every day will pay off in the form of learning how to continue pursuing her dream of becoming a lawyer, helping veterans in need of homes and jobs and spreading the word that kindness matters.

Out of several thousand applicants, only about 100 were chosen to go to the Disney Dreamers Academy. Steve Harvey helped launch the Disney Dreamers Academy in 2007.

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