8th Grade, Harford Day School
“I like community service because I enjoy helping others throughout the community. I have lots of fun with the WeCancerve projects. I also like seeing the smiles on the peoples faces when I help others.”
Mario Nandalal, age 13, is an eighth grade student at Harford Day School in Bel Air. He is also a member of the We Cancerve Movement, Inc’s all-youth board of advisors, where he has served as project leader on several projects since 2015. Among his leadership roles are: project leader of Books & Buddies (2016-2018), Eggstra Special Easter Collections at Harford Day School (2014-2018) and Fountain Green Elementary School (2016-2018), and co-project leader on La Magnifique Boutique Open House 2017 and Goals for Grace 2018. Mario also served as a Camp Happy junior camp counselor since 2016.
Mario has supported community service events and helped others alongside his family since he was very young. The earliest activities he remembers are mostly helping with church-based activities at Mountain Christian Church and St. Francis de Sales Church. He collected and donated items for the Harford County Human Society with his younger cousins and friends, and helps regularly with a number of LASOS activities, especially during their summer camp. He’s also volunteered at the Hosanna House, and helped with church-based activities at Mountain Christian Church, especially the EpiCenter and St. Francis de Sales Church in Abingdon. He also frequently volunteers at the Sharing Table at the Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Edgewood.
“I really like helping at LASOS in Bel Air. I have been helping at LASOS since I was four years old. When I was little, my mom taught adult literacy classes and I went with her every Saturday. I played with and helped the ESOL kids as they practiced their English and learned about our American culture. I also met with friends to make crafts, cards, and did other projects for the elderly. I still do these projects. I make puzzles and laminate them so the elderly men and women can hang the picture puzzles in their rooms. When we visit Brightview, we often play bingo with the residents. They like it a lot and give us ice cream. It is a lot of fun!” reflected Mario.
In 2018, Mario was part of the Harford Day team that won second place in the Johns Hopkins University Physics Fair Science Bowl. In 2017, he was honored as one of Harford’s Most Beautiful People and was named one of the Association for Fundraising Professionals’ Outstanding Youth Fundraisers. As a member of the engineering and robotics club at Harford Day, he was selected “Engineer of the Week” frequently between 2014 to 2016. In 2014, he was selected as a participant in the JHU Center for Talented Youth Program. He remains a member of this program.
He enjoys playing basketball and soccer, and likes working out with his brother and other friends. His hobbies include drawing, painting, exploring digital design, listening to music and learning foreign languages. He’s currently enrolled in courses to learn Spanish and Chinese.
“We Cancerve is the only organization I work with in a leadership positon. I am very proud I am a board member. I try to help with as many projects as possible,” said Mario.