Kelly is a storyteller.
The 14-year-old says she fills “pages and pages” building worlds with heroic demi-gods and their teenage apprentice.
“I like writing long chapter books,” she says.
Kelly also likes to draw, and she fills other notebooks with words and drawings that tell stories about a cat named Sara, a mouse named Steve and a dog named Eve.
“She draws stories, she writes stories, she journals,” says Deborah Arbuckle, group home manager.
It’s a habit Kelly says she won’t give up.
“When I grow up, I would want to be either an artist or a writer,” Kelly says.
Meanwhile, the outgoing teen is happy reading, swimming, jumping on the trampoline in the backyard of her group home – and the occasional water balloon fight.
She also has a soft spot for pets, especially sugar gliders, small, nocturnal possums that resemble flying squirrels.
“They’re just like flying squirrels, but they’re very smart,” Kelly says.
Kelly is pretty smart, too, getting As and Bs in school.
“I work hard at school,” she says, adding that her favorite subject is math. She also likes science because of all the fun experiments.
Kelly is easy-going, says Arbuckle, and kind.
“She shares her toys and she will give you her last toy,” Arbuckle says, adding she would thrive in a forever family with siblings.
Kelly says she would like a younger sister “about eight.”
She says her ideal forever family would include a mother and father who are active and would help her learn new things.
“The more I learn,” Kelly says, “the more I could teach little kids.”
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