Story by Sara Paul
What kind of keys cannot open doors?
OK. Give up?
Donkeys and monkeys!
Seven and a half-year-old April Leigh McCosker not only received the “Snicker Starter” award at her first grade graduation ceremony, this Pine Island comic kiddo has an old soul and some serious conservation convictions.
April helps at home, makes ‘em smile at school, and is always conscientious about waste. From reusing plastic cups to diligently turning off lights when they’re not in use, the Sanfordville Elementary School student also loves planting trees and flowers.
“If we help with the environment, we’ll have more room to play,” declares a mature April, who has spent much of her summer vacation gardening and also picking up trash while on local nature hikes.
Born in Warwick, the young environmentalist is committed to making people happy. Whether its funny noises, silly faces or goofy jokes, April’s comedic efforts stem from sweet and sincere motives.
“I just love to hear people laugh. I don’t want people to be sad because then I’m sad,” said April.
To that end, April is also diligent in her big sister duties with her brother, Kieran, 3.
“I like to hold his hand and guide him. I teach him his ABCs and 123s,” she smiles.
April’s mom, Susan, notes that, “She’s ahead of her time, very forward thinking and always sees the big picture. She’s perceptive and understands what’s going on, even though we try to shelter her.”
“She’s naturally inclusive, as we raised her to be, even though she doesn’t listen to us,” giggles proud dad, Jim, observing that his independent daughter, “wants to play with everyone – boys, girls, everyone.”
April also assists in caring for ten-year-old Scooter, the family’s rescue mutt that she helps feed and walk. Scooter’s guardian is quite strict and ferociously vocal in her instructions to house guests: “Scooter gets one treat only!”
Her love for her pup as well as the Earth is steering the intrepid young lady towards bold and brave career paths.
“I want to be a veterinarian, a scientist, and a Mom,” foresees April, who has been a gymnast at Orange County Sports Club for five years and plans to participate in ballet and the Girl Scouts in the fall.
Though this country girl has traveled to Disney World several times, she is most at home every summer in Lake George, NY, where she enjoys boating, swimming, amusement parks, arcades, and shopping.
The young hero thinks long and hard before confidently passing on some wise words of wisdom: “Pick up garbage, be nice, and include everybody!”
The Warwick Valley Dispatch would like to feature young people of Warwick who are doing meaningful things. Whether in school, athletics, in the community or at home, we know there are many moving stories that need to be told. These “hero” stories can be from the incredible to the mundane, from the kid who saved his dog from drowning to the teen who takes care of a sibling with special needs. We ask that if you know of any young individuals who would be appropriate for these human interest pieces, that you contact Sara Paul at firstname.lastname@example.org or 718-702-3091.