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Student displays act of generosity

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Jackson Township Elementary School Principal Jeff Fritz stands with the newest addition to the school's character education program, Maggie Messmer. Melinda Quasius Photo.
When most people spend a long time saving up for something, they intend to use their resources on themselves.

But in an act of selflessness and generosity, a fourth-grade student at Jackson Township Elementary School showed her classmates and teachers true character.

Maggie Messmer saved reward points, earned through good grades and behavior, over the course of the year to purchase soft drinks from the school store for all of her classmates and teacher, Nanette Brown.

It took almost 150 points to purchase the 25 sodas.

"I just thought it would be nice, since it was the end of the year, it would be a nice snack," Messmer said.

Messmer said she surprised many of her classmates with the gesture, and it made her feel good about herself, as well.

She hopes her classmates learned to be generous as well.

"Don't be stingy," Messmer advised.

Students will be able to learn from Messmer's act of kindness through a school program, called Character Education.

The character education program began at Jackson Township 10 years ago. For 33 days, teachers spend 10 minutes reading students stories and ask questions about the character-building decisions people in history, in the community and in the school have made.

Messmer will become the third student to be included in the program. Messmer is the school's example of generosity.

"It's quite an honor," Principal Jeff Fritz said. "She's a model student."

"She's a real hard worker and very pleasant. She's always happy and has a smile on her face," Fritz added.

Messmer intends to put her hard work and generosity to good use in the future. She said she wants to become a nurse or a teacher.

Without leaving elementary school, Messmer has already begun to teach others through her generous act.

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What a wonderful gesture of good will. Very well done young lady, the older persons in our community should pay attention to your unselfish acts.

-- Posted by RickS on Wed, May 7, 2008, at 10:18 PM

Maggie! What a great example of all that is good in our community!

-- Posted by madmom61 on Thu, May 8, 2008, at 8:45 AM

Maggie is a wonderful young lady and exemplifies kindness and good will. She is a great example of what wonderful things the staff and administration instills in our children.

-- Posted by cubbiefan on Thu, May 8, 2008, at 9:03 AM

Maggie how proud your family and friend's are of you!!! You are a sweet and wonderful girl!!!

-- Posted by getit2gether on Thu, May 8, 2008, at 11:51 AM

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