Nine-year-old Virginia Beach girl taking action to give back to community

Posted at 8:42 PM, May 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-24 21:16:00-04

Briana Beachboard is a special nine-year-old from Virginia Beach who has been quite busy in her young life taking action in the community.

News 3's Kurt Williams went to her school, Three Oaks Elementary, to present her with a People Taking Action award.

With the principal and the parents and grandparents of Briana in tow, we all headed to her classroom.

Once inside, she wasn't quite sure what to think. Kurt told her it was an email from her mom, Diana Beachboard that brought us here.

"Briana is a kind, loving child who likes to give to her community," the email read.

Indeed she does, from running in the Shamrock Marathon on behalf of Operation Smile, helping with arts and crafts for a recent Down Syndrome walk, dropping off treats at a Virginia Beach fire station or helping collect school supplies and back-packs for children at a local battered women's shelter. Briana has huge heart.

For those reasons we presented Briana with a People Taking Action award, along with a $300 Visa gift card from our community partner Southern Bank.

Briana's reaction?

"I could help lots of people with this money."

Her teacher,  Melissa Hebert says that's just who Brianna is, "You know I would like to say I'm surprised but Briana goes above and beyond everyday. We have a slogan here at Three Oaks, 'do kind be kind' and she is the poster child for it."

Her dad, Paul Beachboard is so proud of his daughter.  "I think it's a joy. I mean it's a blessing, it really is."

The sentiment is echoed by Briana's mother, "The blessings she gives to others...she's got a heart of gold. She wants to help everybody, whether it be dogs who need help, kids with cancer--she's just a very special girl."