Mt. Comfort Elementary School passed out cards with the words “Pass it Forward” to each student. The student’s mission was to do something kind for someone and leave the card behind, hopefully inspiring the person to do something kind for someone else. The life skill students learn is that by doing something for others, the reward has a substantial personal impact through their benevolence.
Some of this year’s “Pass It Forward” random acts of kindness include:
- A fourth grader named Evan purchased a Subway card with his own money, gave it to an on-duty police officer, and thanked him for his service.
- Mason, a kindergartner, collected a basket of toys and plans to donate them to other kids who don’t have many.
- A second grader named Maggie “Passed It Forward” by paying for the car in line behind her at Starbucks.
- A second and fourth grade brother and sister named Emily and Jacob baked cookies to send to their cousin Austin. Austin is currently serving the country by driving a tank in Korea.
- Maya, a fourth grader, created a care package for some older neighbors filled with muffins she made, some spiced cider mix, and candy.
- A fourth grader named Josie made breakfast in bed for her mother, complete with coffee, bagels, pancakes and an apple.
- Drew, a first grader, brought breakfast to his mother’s friend at work. The student goes to work with his mother during school delays and Marcus, the work friend, has gone out of his way to be kind to the student many times. This time the student decided to “Pass It Forward” with a gift to Marcus.
- Aubry, a second grader, put quarters in random carts at Aldi. She said the best part was seeing the elderly man’s face when he read the “Pass It Forward” card. That gentleman gave the cart and the card to another woman, not knowing there was another quarter in a cart waiting on him.
Mt. Comfort Elementary Principal, Heather Whitaker, states, “The random acts of kindness are unlimited; the deeds do not have to cost money. The kindness deeds can be for a friend, neighbor or stranger, simply because Mt. Comfort children care. Our ‘Pass It Forward’ day falls on Dr. Martin Luther King Day which is also a National Day of Service. I am reminded of a quote from MLK, ‘The time is always right to do what is right.’”
The “Pass It Forward” card states, “you have received a ’Pass It Forward’ card. This means that someone has completed a good deed for you and they wish nothing in return. All they want is that you pass on this card, along with a good deed to someone else in need. It can be as big or small a deed as you would like to make it. You can ‘Pass It Forward’ anytime you like. If you decide not to ‘Pass It Forward,’ then no one will know but you. We hope your day has been made a little bit brighter by someone’s heartfelt gesture.”
Last year’s “Pass It Forward” campaign made a difference for countless people. In the past, examples of the students’ deeds of kindness included: making cookies for a neighbor, passing out pennies to children in Meijer so they could ride “Sandy” the penny pony, giving $10 of their own money for a mother of three’s food bill at Steak & Shake, packing and handing out food to families in need, making bookmarks for the school library, putting away the neighbor’s trash, making special thank you cards for family members, and many more. A video of the 2015 “Pass It Forward” campaign can be found on the Mt. Comfort Elementary School’s website linked HERE.