GREENSBORO, N.C. – Janjay Gardea, an eighth grader at Northern Guilford Middle School, received a special surprise at her school’s fundraiser kickoff.

In front of her entire class, representatives from Walmart recognized her as a Walmart “Everyday Hero” in the Greensboro area.

For the past two years, Gardea has helped her mother expand her “MarDec Educational Project,” which collects school supply donations for kids and schools in Liberia.

Gardea told her classmates that after the Liberian Civil war, the country has not been the same, and schools lack schools supplies and infrastructure for kids to learn.

When she learned this from her parents she immediately decided to help.

“I collected over a thousand eight hundred supplies last year,” Gardea says.