Sixth, seventh and eighth grade students who were a part of the Random Acts of Kindness JUMP group at North Lamar Independent School District raised money during the semester to donate to the Downtown Food Pantry. The students sought community donations and collected over $700 to present to Chuck Burton, Director of the Downtown Food Pantry.
Presenting the check during Stone Middle School’s Fall JUMP Showcase, beginning front row left, are Kallie King, Hilton Bounds, and Avi Cobey. In the middle row are Kindel Cass, MaKenna Morton, Yessica Wiebe, Carly Cooper, and Ashlyn Reavis presenting the check to Burton. In back are Canae Hamilton, Faith Brown, Anna Latham and Tara Allen.
During the semester, the Random Acts of Kindness group passed out kindness coins to students in the school who were caught doing acts of kindness and added their names to a jar for a drawing. At the showcase, four names were drawn with each winning a $10 gift card to either Sonic or Subway. Winners were T. J. Norlin, Emily West, Mackenzie Walker, and Montana Gilbreath. The group chose to do this in hopes of not only rewarding good behavior, but also to model kindness and teach others to recognize kind acts while making a point that kindness is contagious.