Teen Walks From Orlando to DC For Homeless Kids

By Danielle Johnson
|  Sunday, Aug 16, 2009  |  Updated 9:00 PM EDT
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Teen Walks From Orlando to DC For Homeless Kids

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More than 1.5 million children in the United States are homeless.

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David Ashby isn’t your typical middle school student. 

The 14-year-old from College Park doesn’t want to just “make the world a better place,” he is actually doing something about it -- by reaching out to homeless children across the county one step at a time.

Ashby, hoping to draw attention to the nations 1.5 million homeless children living in the US, decided to walk from Orlando to the District. The 8th grader’s 1,100-mile journey came to an end in front of the White House Sunday.

On the way stopped by dozens of shelters, slept by a roadside and ate out of trashcans to experience their daily challenges. He also met with other kids to offer inspiration and hear their stories.

Of course he was chaperoned by a relative but the reality is many of the kids he hopes to save don’t have that option.

"It has been an adventure for sure," he said in an e-mail sent Friday. “I'm tired, yet still determined. I think about the kids I have met and their stories and the hard times that they have had and it keeps me going, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Ashby hoped to meet with President Obama but no word from the White House yet.
 

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