Vance Tomasi named Community Hero of Tomorrow by the Lightning Foundation/ Tampa Bay Lightning.

​February 18, 2018


TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Vance Tomasi as the 28th Lightning Community Hero this season during the first period of tonight's game versus the New Jersey Devils. Tomasi, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate half of the funds to the Hillsborough County Public School's annual Summer Reading Camp, while the other half will go to a scholarship for his own education.


2018 Prudential Spirit of Community Award, Vance Tomasi named Distinguished Finalist.

February 6, 2018

Vance Tomasi, 12, of Tampa, Fla., a sixth-grader at Farnell Middle School, is the co-founder of a book collection initiative called “read.repeat.,” and over 15 months has donated more than 40,000 books to 74 locations in 29 states. Vance’s efforts have included partnering with his school system to distribute books to Title 1 schools, collecting books for a school destroyed by a fire, and recruiting volunteer support from friends and fellow scouts. 



2016 President's Environmental Youth Award

Region 4- Elementary Division

Environmental Protection Agency

​June 8, 2017

Presented by the EPA, The President's Environmental Youth Award honors student projects focused on helping the environment.  Only 5 projects in the Elementary School Division were awarded for 2016.  

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Family Community Involvement Award

Hillsborough County Public Schools

​May 11, 2017



Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Service to Youth

Greater Tampa Bay Area, Boy Scouts of America

March 4, 2017

Honored to speak at the Distinguished Citizen's Fundraising Luncheon and presented a Certificate of Appreciation.




Kids are Heroes

October 10, 2016


Kidpreneurs, Chase Hartman (10) and Vance Tomasi (11) have donated more than 10,000 books in the past two months to elementary schools, hospitals, libraries and other charities.


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Charlotte Bacon Acts of Kindness Award

National Finalist

February 22, 2017

Presented by the Newtown Kindness Organization

providing a $1000 grant to be awarded to their favorite

non-profit!


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Prudential Spirit of the Community Award

Chase Hartman wins Florida Middle Level Division

February 6, 2017



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Peace Fund Radio

Heroes of the Week

​November 16, 2016

In the few days that passed since their interview, Vance Tomasi (11) and Chase Hartman (10) added nearly 900 donated books to the 15,000 they told us about on our November 16, 2016 show -- (Read More)