Sixth-grader gets $10,000 donation from pop star Katy Perry

November 14, 2021
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For one Mansfield ISD sixth-grader, a laser-focused mission to spread kindness has garnered national attention and a surprise donation from pop megastar Katy Perry.

Orion Jean, an 11-year-old who attends Alma Martinez Intermediate School, and his philanthropic efforts earned him a spot in the Microsoft Black History Gallery in February.

His “Race to Kindness” campaign has brought in food for those in need and toys for kids in hospitals. Most recently, he was on a mission to share his love of reading to other children by giving them free books. Through a large community effort, he collected more than 500,000 books over the summer for that cause.

"I just wanted to be able to share my love of literacy with as many people as possible," he explained. "It is all about being about to have something that interests you."

Jean has been interviewed by many major news outlets for his efforts. One he will never forget is a sit-down interview with Katy Perry on "The Ellen Show." The episode aired Oct. 25.

At the end of the interview, Perry surprised Jean with $10,000 from her non-profit foundation to help him continue making a change in the community.

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