November 10, 2011 12:00 PM

DANCING WITH THE STARS’ CHERYL BURKE

At age 24 at the Little House senior center in Menlo Park, Calif.

“My family volunteers every year at a local senior citizens center. My mom taught us at an early age the importance of giving back.”

AMERICAN IDOL’S LAUREN ALAINA

At age 11 in Rossville, Ga.

“These CDs [by fellow Idol alums Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson] were on the top of my list! I drove my family crazy playing them all day long.”

30 ROCK’S KATRINA BOWDEN

At age 4 in Paramus, N.J.

“I loved going to the mall with my brother [Phillip]! At home I’d always leave out milk and cookies for Santa.”

SINGER JORDIN SPARKS

At age 5 in New York City

“My first play! This was after the show, and I ran up to the stage and wanted to pose. I thought I was in it!”

MUSICIAN PETE WENTZ

at age 6, in Wilmette, III.

“Here my parents got me a Gobots sleeping bag. It traveled with me on all our first van tours before being retired.”

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