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SMITH: Unbelievable, what these kids do

Twelve California teens are being honored for the remarkable things they do for others, and two of the 12 are from Santa Rosa.

Allyson Ahlstrom, 16 and a Cardinal Newman junior, created Threads for Teens, a sophisticated boutique that serves abused, neglected or disadvantaged girls without the means to pay for nice clothes.

They don't pay at Allyson's shop in Windsor (threadsforteens.com).

Allyson aspires to place shops in all 50 states. And she dreams of attending Harvard.

Xiaoyi "Michelle" Shao, who's 17 and a senior at Maria Carrillo, was prompted by her love of dance to create "Chance to Dance" and offer free dance instruction to low-income members of the Boys & Girls Club.

Michelle, who at age six came to the U.S. from China, feels good that "Chance to Dance" is being emulated elsewhere. Her Prudential Spirit of Community Award is a second piece of good news.

She's also been granted early acceptance to Harvard.

Lucky Harvard.

A BENCH FOR KEVIN: The sweetest idea I've heard lately is to dedicate an art-beautified park bench to the memory of street person Kevin Christopher Fitzgerald.

Kevin was the homeless man who died in mid-December when he walked into the path of a pickup on Highway 101 in downtown Santa Rosa.


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