MIAMI COUNTY — One Troy business — which remains anonymous — is sweetening the deal when it comes to Troy High School’s students and staff members’ random acts of kindness in the spirit of the “Trojan Family” values.
As a spin-off of “Rachel’s Challenge,” students and staff are encouraged to write down an account of random acts of kindness they witness and submit it to the school’s counseling offices.
Once a month, administrative assistant Pam Klatte and Troy High School assistant principal Katherine Weaver randomly draw one lucky student and one staff member who each receive a $25 VISA gift card — courtesy of the anonymous Troy business.
Some examples are as simple as lending a Tide pen to a classmate, which was Ethan Shiverdecker’s winning entry. He was nominated by fellow student Megan Strader, who took the time to submit his random act of kindness for his use of the stain-fighting pen in class.
Other random acts of kindness include students helping each other do homework during lunch, turning in lost money, returning a dropped article of clothing which went unnoticed, and another student helping a wheelchair-bound student carry his chair down the stairs to get to the library.
“Mrs. Klatte came to me and (Troy High School Principal Bill) Mr. Overla at the beginning of the year and she had a company in town who was willing to donate money and they wanted to celebrate the general random acts of kindness,” said Weaver prior to school going on winter break. “We put buckets in the guidance office and slips for nominations. So students are able to nominate other students and other staff members. And staff members are able to nominate students and staff members.”
Weaver said the nominations can be as simple as a student stopping to help another student by carrying their books to class.
“It’s just the general things that you see,” Weaver said. “It’s a way to say thank you just for doing those general nice things we see, but don’t always recognize.”
Klatte said she hopes other businesses in town will be inspired to give toward Troy High School’s Random Act of Kindness to keep the spirit of giving going full circle.
“Our hope is … other businesses in town would like to expand on it and donate also,” Klatte said.
Klatte said the local Troy business didn’t want credit or notoriety for donating the gift cards each month, but is well known for doing random of acts of kindness quietly throughout the community. Klatte said it was the businesses’ hope it would inspire other local businesses to give generously to students and staff at Troy High School for their positive deeds.
Klatte said the purpose of the monthly gift card drawing isn’t to tie a monetary incentive to be kind, but to take time to recognize the good in every day.
“It’s just that when you see a need — take care of it,” Klatte shared.
Weaver and Klatte both agreed the positive vibe has filtered throughout the hallways.
“I think, too, an awareness of actually taking the time to see other people doing positive things,” Weaver said. “If we can bring an awareness for people just to recognize some of those nice things that people do every day, I think that’s a step in the right direction.”
If you or a business would like to support Troy High School’s Random Act of Kindness program, contact Katherine Weaver at [email protected] or call Troy High School at 332-6710.
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