Shelburne students pay it forward with good deeds

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By Amy Woolvett

The concept is simple.  Do something nice for someone and they are more likely to do something nice for someone else and the cycle has the possibility of continuing so that one good gesture or deed could potentially positively affect many.

That was what Hillcrest teacher, Mary-Jane Nickerson, was hoping for when she gave her grade 5/6 class the assignment.

They only had a week but in only a short period of time, many random acts of kindness were spread throughout the community.

One boy, Jamie Fehr chose to pay it forward to local businessman and volunteer, Anthony Gosbee with a handmade card of thanks.  Gosbee is often seen trading his Saturdays to coach recreational hockey in the arena.

Ryan O’Callahan also thought of his coach when giving a thank you note and $10 gift card for coffee.

Maddie Firth plans to bring cookies to the fire hall.

Oshua MacKay went to TLC pharmacy with a platter of homemade cupcakes as a thank you.

“They don’t get recognized like they should,” said MacKay.

Kyler Hemmeon thought of someone a bit closer to home and sent flowers to his Nan, who at 78 is often a big help in watching him.

“It felt really good,” said Hemmeon.

People and organizations received phone calls, thank you letters and appreciation for doing what they do.

One 11-year old girl, Mackenzie Smith, completely blew away a local association dedicated to helping animals in need.

Pet Projects volunteer Cheryl Bower said Smith raised a phenomenal quantity of food for the shelter along with a card and a word of thanks.

The night Smith got the assignment, she put out a call for food for the shelter on Facebook and called friends and family.

“They do a lot for animals including take in and feed animals on the street,” said Smith.

She was able to raise close to 50 bags of food for the shelter as well as kitty litter.

With her own money, Smith bought cat toys and 13 bags of cat treats for the cats that are living, some as long as two years, at the shelter.

“I felt happier,” said Smith.  “I liked being able to give a whole bunch of stuff to Pet Projects.”

If this class project is a success who knows where the kindness will continue.

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Recent comments

  • Christine Enslow
    January 27, 2014 - 22:29

    That was a very interesting story to read, it was awesome to see what all the students did for other deserving people. Nice to see there are still good people in this crazy world, lol. The students should feel good about themselves and be proud of what they have done. Lets hope this good-deed feeling spreads.

  • Joanie Gallagher
    January 21, 2014 - 17:20

    This is a great idea and I love the way that it highlights the goodness within our younger generation. It is so important to nurture this innate goodness and the great feeling such acts give, as described by 11 yr. old Mackenzie Smith. I applaud this teacher and her students. They show use a good example that we can all "pay forwRd".

  • Lili
    January 21, 2014 - 15:17

    Congrats!! In the words of Howard Zinn «Change comes about as the result of millions of tiny acts». So in the same vein as you, I created this Facebook page so good deeds done can be shared: