Our youth, our future: Miss Green Hat

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (WDTV) - To some, thirteen year old Daphne Tennant is just Daphne. But to many, she's known simply as "Miss Green Hat".

When Daphne was four years old, she started wearing a green hat, hence her nickname.

"I started wearing it all the time and people started calling me 'Little Green Hat Girl'," Daphne explained.

After learning about kids in other countries who don't have access to clean water, Daphne decided she had to do something to help.

"She read about a little girl named Jeanette, who didn't get to go to school because it was her job to gather water," said Daphne's mom, Tara Tennant.

So in 2015, Daphne decided to start the Miss Green Hat organization.

"It funds the building of water wells in third-world countries, but the main goal of my organization is just to help children in need of basic necessities," Daphne said.

In addition to gathering water and basic supplies, the middle school student also started a dime campaign.

"We [distributed] little water bottles that hold $40 worth of dimes and passed them out for people to fill up and bring back."

Through her campaign, Daphne has managed to raise over $10,000 to help bring water to kids across the world.

"I want to let these children have the time to go to school and get a formal education, but in order for that to happen we have to get them the things that they need."

In addition to her charity, Daphne is a straight A student at Clay Battelle Middle/High School. She is the president of student council, plays on the JV and Varsity volleyball teams, and is a member of her local 4-H club.

Even though she's only in eighth grade, Daphne says one of her biggest dreams is to be able to attend Oxford University.

For Miss Green Hat, helping others is just something she was meant to do.

"In order for people around you to change, you need to start the change," Daphne said.

Her mom added, "She saw a problem that was facing children in a place she's maybe never going to see, and she took it on and is making a big difference."