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Students deliver on 'Random Acts of Kindness'

Thursday, January 27, 2011

North Clay Middle School students did their part to make a difference in the fourth year of the Random Acts of Kindness. Selected students who are featured include, (front, left) Lucy France, Jase Glassburn, Hunter Whitaker, Tyler McNabb, Hayden France, (back) Kourtney Johnson, Savannah Rogers, Kerstie Shaw, Cameron Carroll and Olivia Burns. [Order this photo]
For the fourth year in a row, certain students at North Clay Middle School participated in Random Acts of Kindness.

Each year, sixth- and seventh-grade students are assigned the homework of doing one random act of kindness during Winter Break.

Each year, students write a report describing their act, how it made them feel and the reaction of the person who received the kindness.

The acts range from shoveling snow to buying flowers. There was even a student who helped some wounded birds.

Over winter break, while many people were focusing on what to get their family members for Christmas, one sixth-grader and her family were playing Santa for another.

"There is this family that we know and the dad was having some health problems," Kerstie Shaw said. "They didn't have enough money to buy their kids Christmas presents so my family and I went to different places and bought the whole family Christmas presents."

Though this was turned in for her assignment, Shaw said that doing kind things for others is always something her parents stressed.

"We've done it in past years," she said. "It makes me feel good to do this and I will probably continue to do it as I get older so everyone can have Christmas."

Jase Glassburn, also involved his family in his random act of kindness.

"I volunteered at a homeless shelter. I got to help serve food," he said. "I was a little nervous at first, but it made me feel good and it is something that I want to continue to do."

Other students also did their best to brighten someone's day.

"I was at Walmart buying some gum with my allowance money and I paid for a stranger's items," Olivia Burns said. "It made me feel good and he was really surprised that I had done it."

Siblings Hayden and Lucy France each bought a dozen roses and gave them to a random person at the store.

"I was happy to do it," Hayden said. "It was nice seeing the expression on the person's face."

"It felt good to do something nice for someone," Lucy said. "At first, the lady thought I was trying to have her buy them and when I explained it, she said thank you."

While many students were playing in the snow, Tyler McNabb and Savannah Rogers each helped their neighbors.

"I shoveled my neighbors' driveway and porch," McNabb said. "I was only going to do the porch but I figured I might as well do the driveway too."

"I shoveled the driveway and the sidewalk for my neighbor," Rogers said. "I also bought the dog a blanket. It felt really good to help and I know a lot of people don't like to shovel snow."

Because of weather and time constraints, another student, Cameron Carroll, had to change her plans.

"I was originally going to go to Riley Children's Hospital but because of everything, I couldn't go," she said. "Instead, my dad and I helped my neighbor across the street cut up a fallen tree while the neighbor was out of town."

Though she didn't help children, Carroll still had some satisfaction in helping her neighbor.

"It was pretty cool to help him out," she said. "And I'm still planning to go to Riley."

The random acts of kindness was not only limited to people, but one student decided to help animals instead.

"While I was outside, I saw these two birds laying on the ground from where they had hit the window," Hunter Whitaker said. "Both of them were knocked out cold and I took them inside and sat them on the porch rail so they could rest and be safe. After a while they became conscious and flew away."

One student realized how precious life is and how important it is to help those in need.

"Two days before Christmas, there was a house fire and the family lost everything," Kourtney Johnson said. "My entire family donated clothes to help them.

"It made me really happy to do it and I know they appreciated it," she said. "I'm going to start donating my stuff regularly now. I just got a new coat for Christmas, and my other one is in good condition, so I'm going to give it to someone who needs it."

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This is a wonderful thing these kids are doing. We should all be doing it. Not just one day a year, but every day.

-- Posted by ptcruisernms on Fri, Jan 28, 2011, at 12:36 PM

You all deserve a big 'Thank You'. Job well done.

-- Posted by jleffel on Fri, Jan 28, 2011, at 6:40 PM

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