By high school, she was tutoring kindergarten and second graders at West Side. Second grade teacher Mandy Brice says, "I talk to my kids about that all the time. She's a volunteer. She's not getting paid for what she does."
Haley's sister, Jeni Gruber, says a lot of people think you have to be older to volunteer, but that's not the case with Haley.
"I think it's important for people to see that somebody who has had a lot of struggles in her life and a lot of things to overcome can start young and make a huge difference."
Haley is balancing volunteer work with school work, studying to become a full-time teacher's assistant and hoping to get a job in the Mauston school district once she graduates.
"She's my hero," says Jeni. "She's made a difference in my life and in showing me there's nothing that can stand in your way if you have a true passion for it."
Haley's passion for helping kids, is what makes her our Jefferson Award winner for June.