Local first grader Riley Bump has always wanted to help others in her community. This past July, she earned the title of National American Miss Kansas in the stage pageant. Since her crowning, Riley has often spoken of how she could help others.
The pageant, which not only focuses on outer beauty, but inner beauty as well holds a special emphasis on the importance of gaining self-confidence, learning new skills, learning good attitudes about competition and setting and achieving personal goals. It is a very family-oriented, age appropriate program that is dedication to aid in the development of the success of young women across the nation.
On Wednesday afternoon Bump, visited Trinity Tykes preschool, where she was once a student.
“Riley was one of the students in the very first class back in 2010,” commented teacher and director of the preschool Jen Coslett. “I knew Riley even before she started at preschool here because she was part of my home daycare.”
During her visit to the preschool, Bump joyfully brought several boxes of school supplies with her for use in the preschool.
“We are a non profit organization,” said Coslett. “Any kind of donation that does not come out of our budget is a big help. These supplies will go a long way in the classroom.”
The supplies Bump is donating to the local school was given to her as she was crowned.
As part of her duties to the crown, Bump is supposed to complete four hours of community service but she does not plan on stopping there.
Currently, she has made plans to donate school supplies to her elementary school and to the Wichita Children’s Home.