The news these days is often depressing at worst and frustrating at best. It’s easy to get caught up in the spin cycle and let it get us down. Never fear… The News Blender has you covered. Once a week we feature Something Good and, in return, all you have to do is tell us something good that has happened to you this week, something you are thankful for, a joke, a cute animal story, an inspiring tale of heroics, a Random Act of Kindness… SOMETHING good.
This week’s Something Good is about kindness.
A couple of weeks ago, Trey Payne, a teacher at Logan Fontenelle Middle School in Nebraska, had his favorite (and relatively expensive) Nike basketball shoes stolen out of his classroom. A group of Payne’s students, upset about the theft, pooled their money and bought their teacher a new pair of shoes.
This past Tuesday they presented Mr. Payne with a gift bag, telling him to read the card first. He smilingly told them they were making him nervous, then got emotional as he read the card. He pulled the shoe box out of the bag and incredulously asked the group, “Are you serious?”
The students replied, “Yes” then surrounded their tearful and grateful teacher in a group hug.
A Bellvue Public School District Facebook post shared a statement from Mr. Payne about his student’s kindness. “It’s more than a pair of shoes, it’s about doing things to build everyone up around you. I try to show my kids this and I think the lesson has sunk in for many, in turn, reaffirming my purpose and my ideals.”
In this world, so darkened by greed, corruption, and ugliness, an enthusiastic group of children giving of themselves to help their teacher is a much needed candle shining through the darkness.
Now it’s your turn… Tell me something good!