Kid of the day

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Name: Avery Carver

Age: 7

Hometown: Martinez

Parents: Sean Carver and Alana Carver

What makes her special: "Avery is such a good and happy child. She's so gifted and such a blessing to her family. Her mother is a teacher and helps her do so well in school. She brings so much joy to others," said her grandmother, Brenda Weare.

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