Students being honoured for supporting classmates

Education: Foothills Composite recognizing good citizenship

By: Bruce Campbell

  |  Posted: Wednesday, Dec 04, 2013 10:38 am

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One good turn deserves another — maybe an apple turnover for example.

Students at Foothills Composite High School found themselves receiving $5 vouchers from Tim Hortons for random acts of good citizenship last week.

“We seem to be recognizing people for always going above and beyond kind of things, but not for those just being human, those everyday kind of things that our students do,” said Foothills Composite High School principal Todd Schmekel.

Each Foothills teacher has been given 10 vouchers he or she is expected to give out by the beginning of the Christmas break. The vouchers are to be given for students who do the types of things often go unnoticed, but help put a smile on someone’s face.

“The other day we had a lady here to do a presentation and she had a bunch of boxes,” Schmekel said. “There were some boys who came out, picked up the boxes and said: ‘Where are you going ma’am?’ and carried the boxes to the room.

“I gave those boys some vouchers.”

Other good deeds included students carrying books for classmates on crutches or students going out and picking up litter without being asked.

“I just like to see the kids doing things for each other and for the community,” Schmekel said.

Doing kind things at the Comp is nothing new.

“A couple years ago the kids spontaneously started up out of their leadership class, these random acts of kindness,” Schmekel said. “Things like when Mr. Ginakos’ wife had a baby, they decorated his room and filled it up with baby things.

“We have had those kind of values here for years.”

The students recently raised more than $2,500 for Movember, a fundraiser for prostate cancer research.

Grade 12 student Zach Tuttosi found out getting a voucher can be as easy as pi.

“I’m a good math student and I help out students in Mr. Ginakos’ math-help time,” he said. “I like to help students who struggle a little bit in math. I was in there one day helping out some kid and Mr. Ginakos handed me this thing and said: ‘Go get a hot chocolate or something.’

“I think this is a great way to promote courage, commitment and integrity in our school and to get people proactively doing good things for our fellow students,” Tuttosi said.


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