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May 17, 2021

Charlotte Stant Continues on Path to Success

By Lori Draz

In August 2020, Teen Scene readers met author Charlotte Stant who discussed her nonprofit organization Compañeros de Comida, which helps marginalized families dealing with food insecurity and citizenship status. Her story also focused on living with a hearing disability and her commitment that that disability would not hold her back from achieving anything she set her mind to. Since then, the 18-year-old high school senior from Fair Haven has been racking up numerous accomplishments. Last summer, she was selected from a field 7,000 applicants nationwide as a “Brawny Giant” by the Brawny Paper Towel company for her work with Compañeros de Comida.

This April, Stant went to the Dunkin’ in Fair Haven where she was presented with a $5,000 check for Compañeros De Comida. It seems the franchisees – Domingos, Dominic and Jeff Sequeira – decided to kick off their River Road store opening by selecting Stant’s nonprofit as the recipient of a Joy in Childhood Foundation donation. At the time of this writing, the organization has served more than 150,000 meals and raised more than $75,000 since last April.

This honor from Dunkin’ followed the fundraising efforts of Katherine Raftery, of The Raftery Team-Weichert Rumson, who donated $1,240 in proceeds to Compañeros after her two-part walking challenge. River Road Books in Fair Haven also made a donation following a holiday event.  

But Stant wasn’t quite done. She recently accepted an invitation from Boston University to be a Trustee Scholar. This distinction is only offered to 20 students every year (out of 11,000 applications) and includes a scholarship for all tuition and fees for four years. She will attend the Pardee School of Global Studies with dual major in international relations and Spanish.