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PBteen Extraordinary Teen – Riley Gantt

Last week we introduced our amazing Extraordinary Teens! Today we are shinning the light on 14 year old Riley Gantt of Rainbow Pack! Riley founded her organization after learning that elementary school students from low-income families can’t always complete their homework. With each $10 donation she is able to provide one backpack full of homework supplies to one student. And each $300 donation provides packs for an entire Kindergarten class!

You might be wondering what goes in these packs? For Kindergarten to second grade students each pack provides 1 pencil box, 1 large glue stick, 6 pencils, 1 eraser, 2 folders, 1 pencil sharpener, a box of 24 crayons and 1 ruler. Third through fifth graders receive 1 backpack, 1 binder, 1 pencil bag, 1 glue stick, 6 pencils, 1 eraser, 1 pencil sharpener, 1 box of colored pencils, 1 ruler, 2 folders, 1 ballpoint pen and 1 highlighter pen.

Since it’s start over 5,500 underprivileged elementary school kids have received the homework supplies they need to be successful. We couldn’t be prouder to have Riley as an Extraordinary Teen 🙂 Her goal for this year is to provide 4,000 Rainbow Packs full of homework supplies to give to elementary school kids in need. Click here to donate to her cause.


Fun Facts about Riley

  • Person who inspires her most – Ezra Caldwell (photographer)
  • Favorite room in her house – living room
  • Favorite candy – Reese’s peanut butter cups
  • Favorite childhood movie – Night at the Museum
  • Favorite day of the week – Saturday
  • Bedtime – 10:30pm
  • How she would take care of the planet – Figure out some way to reduce pollution


If Riley was granted three wishes she would ask for the following: (for the world) a cure for cancer, (for my family) happiness and health and (for her) happiness.

For more info on Riley and all of our Extraordinary Teens visit here. Tell us what makes you extraordinary by entering our contest for a chance to be featured on PBteen like Riley! 

Riley, I’ve been a fan of yours and what you’re up to for a few years now but it was great to see you in this video. You are a truly inspiring person (not just an inspiring teen). And your good heart and strong presence comes across in spades in this video. Congrats. And thank you Potter Barn for recognizing her.

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