by JENNIFER FRAKES

Compassionate Heart

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At the tender age of six and a half years old, Mikhail Laila has made quite a difference in the local community and across the globe. He recently received a certificate from the California Senate for Outstanding Community Service. “I received this certificate for a supply drive organized to benefit the Helen Woodward Animal Center,” explained Mikhail. He is also involved in many other charitable causes, including raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society by hosting a bake sale; collecting gently used Halloween costumes for Second Families, an organization that helps refugee families assimilate to American life; and collecting toys for Toys for Tots through a drive organized by Tomorrow’s Heroes Today, a group that Mikhail volunteers with regularly. “I also raised more than $1,000 by doing a read-a-thon to sponsor the education of eight girls in India for three years. I often work alongside my mom to help others too. I recently helped her sort baby clothes for Gently Hugged, an organization that donates clothes to babies in need,” stated Mikhail, who cites his mother as his inspiration for charitable giving.

Mikhail and his family moved from Philadelphia to the Carmel Mountain area in 2016. He is a first grader at Highland Ranch Elementary School where he enjoys math, solving problems, and being with his friends and teachers. “I play soccer and tennis, and I also swim. I enjoy soccer the most, though,” revealed Mikhail. He also loves spending time with his dad, hiking with his family, drawing, and making Lego scenes. Like many first graders, Mikhail is obsessed with Star Wars and telling bad jokes.

When Mikhail grows up, he wants to be a police officer. “I want to help my community and help people everywhere,” said Mikhail proudly. He has already done so much to help others, there is no doubt that this caring young man will achieve his dreams.


Name: Mikhail Laila (6 ½)
School: Highland Ranch Elementary School
Grade: 1
Parents: Chanthara and Akeel Laila
Sibling: Mariya Laila (2)
Favorite place in 92128: Carmel Mountain Ranch Library

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