Flushing Seymour Elementary Blueberry Ambassadors support their community through acts of kindness

Flushing Seymour Elementary, coordinator Brooke Good

One snowy winter’s day last year my grandpa who has COPD (a condition affecting your lungs making it hard to breath) was trying to shovel our driveway because the night before it snowed a lot. After about a half an hour, I looked outside and realized he was struggling to lift the shovel. At first I thought maybe he will just come in. But after a couple minutes, I knew I had to do the right thing. I rushed to put on my coat, boots, hat, and my grandpa oxygen tank. I also grabbed us chairs and I got myself a shovel. As I headed out, I quickly ran to help and my grandpa was overjoyed to see what a wonderful thing I had done for him. This made me very happy to help after I convened myself to and, my grandpa was super happy that I helped him.

On this last Sunday, my girl scout troop and I were selling cookies. Usually the person at the end of the table will ask to take carts and put them away. But this time no one was doing it. As the carts began to pile up, I decided to do something about it. I took all the carts and stacked them all together. Just as I had finished, I heard one of the people from Bueche’s coming in with two long lines of carts. I felt so bad that I went out and took them all! After I did that, I felt super happy that I helped and she felt so relieved to not have to push all of them.

Last week at school, Savannah sprained her ankle and was on crutches and was walking down the hall and needed help. So, I opened the for her and some others. This made me feel good inside that I helped her. I know it made her feel good too.

Kaycie Torbet My first Blueberry Moment was in October when I went to the Soup Kitchen with my friend Ava and we helped out there because that day there was only one other volunteer. They were happily surprised that we were so early, they put us to work right away. It felt really good to see the joy on their faces when I handed them their food, and I’m happy we went there.

My second Blueberry Moment was in November when I was on the bus watching all the crazy kids on the bus go wild, while that was happening I was in the back shoving my face in my backpack and I noticed that my bus driver was so calm and looked like she didn’t even here the noise. And I saw that she was really nice about it when she was telling them to chill. If I was in her position, I think I would explode. And when I got home that day, I thought about that and how she didn’t get enough appreciation for how she handled the situation. The next week, I organized a gift bag for her with a bunch of chocolate, a Starbucks gift card and a card to tell her why I gave it to her. When I gave It to her she looked very surprised and happy. It felt great to give it to her. And the best part of it was giving it to her was when she said, “How did you know it is my birthday this weekend!?” It made the whole thing feel even more special!

My third and final Blueberry Moment was recent, it was this February. I was thinking about what to do for my last Blueberry Moment and I thought about all of the teachers and how much I appreciate their work and my mom and I organized a gift basket for them (including: caramels, recess, kit kats and other candies, and a card) and set it in the teachers lounge. Only a few days after I had a complement from almost every teacher! It felt really good to give it to the teachers.

Alissa Whitcomb
So I went to the Humane Society and I went to help the dogs and cats until something caught my eye. I saw German shepherd in a cage and his name was Bandit. He was the cutest dog I ever saw, so I asked my uncle if he can adopt Bandit. He had to think about it so he finally made up his mind and he said yes. I was so excited that I started to cry. My uncle even said Bandit was my dog too so when I went to my cousins house, I would take care of Bandit like he was my dog. It made me feel good to adopt a dog that was in need of a family. I think it made Bandit happy to have a family that can take care of him and have a huge backyard.

My mom’s work had this thing were you would make blankets for the kids that was in need of stuff. I made two blankets. One was for a little kid the other one was for a teenager. I picked out the design that I thought they would like and my grandma helped me make the blankets and it took about a couple hours just to do one. So, we finished one and did the other one the next day. It made me happy to give people something that they need to keep warm. I think it made them happy because they will now stay warm instead of cold.

My aunt and uncle went out on a date they had no one to watch their kids. The older sibling was working so they asked me to watch their kids. My friend helped and we made popcorn, watched movies, then it was time for bed. I put them in their beds and tucked them in. I felt so responsible, it was cool to babysit my cousins. It made me happy because I saw them smile while I was watching them and it made them happy because they haven’t seen me in a long time I got to watch them and tuck them in. 

For my first Blueberry Moment, I passed out cards with positive sayings that I wrote out on index cards and one day me and my mom passed them out on people’s windshields wipers. And on one of them, we put a Blueberry Card along with the nice note. I felt like a good person when I did that.

For my final Blueberry Moment, I baked double chocolate chip cookies for the firemen. When we went to drop them off, it was exciting because doing something nice for someone makes me feel good inside. When we went to the fire station, there was one person there in the office and when we gave it to him, he gave me a cheese smile that I think meant thank you for the cookies. Me knowing the smile he gave me made me feel more appreciated for giving them cookies. 

Lila Barr
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For my first Blueberry Moment, my family and I helped my neighbor shovel her driveway while she was in Florida. When I asked her, she was so happy that we would do something like that for her. I was so happy that I could help her with something like that. And I felt so happy that I could do something like that for someone like my nice neighbor, Ruth.

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For my second Blueberry Moment, we went to the soup kitchen and we give them some canned goods for the kitchen to use. They said thank you and that they were super thankful for what we gave them. We said you are welcome and that we are happy that we can do something like that for them and the people that come there to help.

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For my third Blueberry Moment, while my other neighbors were gone on vacation, we got their mail and their packages. When I asked if we could do that, they said sure thing. And their dad was happy because we could get his packages that he was going to get. I was happy that I could get their mail for them. I was glad I could can do something like that for their family. 

Teige Harrison 
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My first Blueberry Moment presented itself at my Christmas play. One night after the kids had been on stage, they were all rushing to get down the stairs. At the same time, an elderly woman was trying to get down the stairs and grabbed the rail for fear of getting knocked down. I held out my hands and made all the kids wait until she got down to the bottom of the steps. The next day, all the adult cast members were talking about it. Her and her husband thanked me over and over the next couple of nights. I told them they didn’t need to thank me. This made me feel good that I possibly saved someone from getting hurt.

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My second Blueberry Moment happened during one of our snowstorms. My papa had just had eye surgery and was not able to drive or do too much for a few days. I was out helping my mom shovel and clean out our driveway and I thought about my grandma and papa and who would help them with their driveway. I asked my mom if we could go and help them by cleaning out their driveway. We loaded up the snow blower and shovels and crept down the street to their house. I have just started pushing the snow blower and did the driveway. When I got to the end of the driveway by the road, my mom finished it. I am not allowed to be by the road. I grabbed the shovel and cleaned off all the extra snow and made sure my papa could get to his mailbox. My grandparents were so happy! They kept thanking me and mom for coming down and doing their driveway. It made me feel so good and excited that I could help them and do something for them.

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My final Blueberry Moment was during the last snowstorm we received. Again, I was out helping my mom unbury our driveway after we got a lot of snow. I mean a lot of snow. We were just about done and I noticed a kid was shoveling out his driveway all by himself. I begged my mom to go and help him with our snow blower. She got me and the blower across the street and did the bottom of the driveway while I went up and helped the boy at the top of the driveway with my shovel. When we got it all done, I felt so good for helping the boy. His dad came out and offered us money, I said no thank you. 

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We had a really nice waiter at a restaurant that’s called Taboo, in flint. When we left, I put the card on the tip we gave her. I hope she got it! She was super nice.

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I helped my dad shovel our neighbor’s driveway. They had kids that they were handling, and we had the idea that maybe we could help them take care of their driveway. I’m glad we did, because they were able to leave their house without getting stuck.

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I held the bathroom door open for someone at Bueche’s, when they struggled to do so. They said thank you, and gave me a wink and a smile. I handed them this card, and they read it afterward. I felt great doing this. 

Allie Miller
Blueberry Moment 15122 For my first Blueberry Moment, I shoveled my elderly neighbor’s porch after a snowstorm. I was sledding down a snow hill in my yard, when my dad said, “Allie come shovel our neighbor’s porch,” so then I ran over to her porch. She was not outside at the time. I shoveled her porch but later in the day, she thanked my dad for when I shoveled her porch. I bet inside she felt so relieved that someone shoveled her porch for her and that she was not going to need to get out in the cold and shovel it by herself. I know I made her day and when she told my dad thank you and  it made my day, too!

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For my second Blueberry Moment, I held the door at a restaurant for a group of elderly people. One day, I was walking into a restaurant when I noticed a group of elderly people struggling to hold the door for themselves so I decided to hold the door for them. When I was holding the door for the people, it made me feel good that these people where not having to hold the heavy door by themselves. One of the people put their hand on my shoulder and that made me feel really good because I could tell that she really appreciated it. Also, just all the people saying thank you made my day and I hoped I made there day too.

For my last Blueberry Moment, I helped clean my neighbor’s really messy playroom. One day I went over to their house and they were cleaning their playroom, so I decided to help. If they did not have any help from me it would probably take them a very long time. But the more people gets the job done. I know it made them feel good inside that I was helping clean their playroom and I also know that their mom really appreciated my help. They made my day by saying thank you because I could tell that they really appreciated me helping them. 

For my first Blueberry act, my class made cards for one of the youngest survivors of the November 2017 church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas. The little boy’s name was Ryland Ward, and in the shooting, he had lost members of his family, and was injured himself. I had heard on the news about people sending cards to Ryland, and thought that would be a really kind thing to do if I got my class to write letters to him. After I mailed the cards out, it made me feel good that soon, many miles away, a little boy in Texas would be reading our cards.

For my second Blueberry act, I wrote a thank-you letter to all the teachers and administrators in my school district. In the letter, I just thanked them for all the hard work they do every day, work that we students generally just take for granted. By writing that letter, I wanted to change my mindset about how we think about teachers and administrators. I hope the person who received the note thought getting it really made a difference in their day.

I made a pair of earrings and gave them to my school counselor. When I gave them to her, she was very happy and surprised, and gave me a big hug. I felt really good that I made her day with the earrings, and I wanted to continue doing kind for people. Being a Blueberry Ambassador really made me realize that doing only a small act of kindness could turn one person’s day around, and that it is important to be kind. 

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When my mother’s friend passed away, I told her I would do anything she wanted me to do. I cleaned the whole house, vacuumed, and did all the dishes for a week. I even made dinner. She was so thankful. Every night, when she would come in my room to say goodnight she would tell me how thankful she was for me to do everything. It made me feel so good to think that I helped her so much when she didn’t feel like doing anything.

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One evening, I was at an event at my church called night to shine. It was a prom for special needs people. I was walking around when I noticed that there was no one greeting people when they came in so I decided to run over there as fast as I could to help. I immediately started to greet people. When they first came in they were a little shy but I greeted them and told them we were happy to see them and we were glad they came they started to relax more. Then, I showed them to their buddy and they started having so much fun. At the end of the night after we all had so much fun, it was sadly time for everyone to go so I walked back over to the doors and said goodbye to everyone and told them to drive safely.

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When I went to the homeless shelter with my church to make meals for people, there was a guy that came through the line and his name was Jerry. He was only able to carry one of his trays of food to his seat due to the cane he had. So, I offered to help him take his other tray to his seat and he was so thankful. He smiled at me and said thank you so much. I was so happy to be a help to him. It always makes me feel so good when I can help other people.

Khloe Burba
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For my first Blueberry Moment, I gave a Christmas present to my first grade buddy. I go down to her classroom at the end of the day, and I talk to her. She had told me what she wanted for Christmas – a Xbox with a certain type of game – and I couldn’t give her something like that at school, so I got her something much smaller. I bought her some chokers. When she opened it, I could tell she was really excited. I explained what the Blueberry Card was, and she thanked me. Throughout the year, I’ve seen her wear the chokers, and it’s made me happy that I made someone else happy.

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For my second Blueberry Moment, I donated some food and paper bags to the Flushing Christian Outreach Center. I had been planning to do it for a long time, but it took a while to gather all the stuff, and then get it over there. When the day finally came to drop off all the stuff, we went over to there and gave them all the things. While we were there, there was another family there, and I saw why they needed paper bags and food so badly. We gave everything to them, and took it gladly and thanked us a lot. I left there knowing that all the stuff I gave to them will soon be used to help other people.

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For my third Blueberry Moment, I gave chocolate chip cookies to the computer lab teacher, Mrs. Newman. I had made them the night before, so they were fresh. I got off the bus in the morning, and headed straight to her room. I asked her if she liked chocolate, and she said that she loved chocolate. I gave her the cookies, and she thanked me many, many times. She said that I had made her day, and I was happy that I could do that. I left thinking that I was glad she liked chocolate. 

Kelsea Burba
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For my first Blueberry Moment, I gave my viola teacher, Micki, a plate of homemade cookies. When I gave them to her, she seemed happy that she got them. I gave her the Blueberry Card, and by the end of our lesson, she said she knew exactly what she was going to do with it. I was glad that I had made her happy, and that she was going to do the same to someone else.

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For my second Blueberry act, I gave the people at Salvation Army hot chocolate then put five dollars and my Blueberry Card into the bucket that was there. It took a while to squeeze it in, but we finally got it. The whole time, the lady was singing a Christmas song. The whole ordeal only took about two minutes, and as I walked back, she yelled out her thanks for the hot chocolate. I was glad that I had made someone else happy.

For my third blueberry act, I wrote a letter of appreciation to my bus driver. I think she does a very good job at keeping us safe, which is her first priority. I mentioned that, and I bet she was thankful someone did. I also thanked her for all the work she does getting us to and from school. She does a lot of work keeping us in line, and not totally crazy. 

Trayshawn Taylor
For my first Blueberry Moment, I helped my neighbor get her car out of the snow. I was shoveling my own driveway, when I saw her get stuck in the snow she was trying to get out herself. So, I went over to her and I said do you need help? She said yeah. Before she knew it, she was out of the snow. Not only did it make feel good inside for doing something for her it made her happy too. She said that she was going to buy me pizza but I said no. Then I went on with my day.

For my second Blueberry Moment, I was on the bus leaving from school and I made a deal with Scarlett. The deal was if she wore sportswear, I would give her something. The next day at choir she had on her sportswear, and I gave her a dollar and I told her she looked nice. It made me feel good it made her feel good as well. One reason why it made her feel good is she got a dollar.

For my third Blueberry Moment, I was at home about to leave for school when my mom said, “Come go help your brother.” So, I went to go help my brother. After I helped him, I got rewarded but I did not want it. It made me happy for helping him. It made him happy because his room was clean.

Morgan Fisher
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One day, I was waiting for my dad to come home from a work conference in Florida, and I wanted to do something special for when he got home. The first thing that came to mind was to make him my famous and his favorite chocolate cupcakes with homemade frosting. When my dad got home, I showed him his cupcakes, he had a huge smile on his face and was really appreciated what I did. When I saw my dad’s huge smile it made my day, and I knew I would never forget this moment!

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For my second Blueberry Moment, I decided to go through all my summer clothes and old coats that don’t fit. So, I spent part of my day going through all my clothes and washing them so then I put them in a bag to get donated to the North End Soup Kitchen in Flint. When I was going through my clothes, it made me so happy to know they would be going to some girl who really needs them. So, for now on whenever I have clothes that don’t fit I will donate them to the North End Soup kitchen instead of just selling them in a garage sale.

For my third Blueberry Moment, I decided to help my brother with his math homework. One day on a school night, my mom was really busy with things she had to do for work and my brother really needed help with his math homework. So, I stopped doing my homework for a minute to help him, so he could finish and do whatever he wanted to do. When I was finished helping, he gave me a big hug and that made my day, and I will never forget this moment for the rest of my life! 

Savannah Ward
My friends and I started a fundraiser. For one Friday you just have to bring in a dollar and you can wear your pajamas, and bring in a stuffed animal. All the money we collect will go to the Michigan children hospital to help kids that are sick.

I am a science helper at 3:30 every day and I go down to the science room to help her clean up, wipe down, and organize. Sometimes, if she has an activity, the science helpers help her set out the supplies.

I helped my Grandma cook Thanksgiving dinner. We were having a family reunion, and our family was there and my grandma was the hostess and was going to make all the food. She has nerve damage where she can’t move her pinky, ring finger and middle finger on her right hand. She dropped a hot pan in the kitchen so I ran out to see what happened, and asked her if she needed some help. Then we made Thanksgiving dinner together and we had the best Thanksgiving ever! 

Kayanna Schauer
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For my first Blueberry Moment, I put away stray shopping carts in the cart holder at Meijer I was putting the groceries in the truck and I noticed there was carts everywhere. I thought to myself, “Wow that a lot of carts.” As I was adding my cart to the cart holder, I grabbed the ones nearby. It made my day to help someone.

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My second Blueberry Moment, was writing a thank you note to my mom. I watched my mom in misery and I thought to myself she’s done a lot for me and I should write her a thank you card. I grabbed a piece of paper and wrote a thank you letter. As I handed her the note I watched her face light up with joy. She said,”Thank you and I made her day.”

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My last Blueberry Moment, I remembered my sister had big math test in school. I grabbed a piece of paper and wrote good luck and stuck it in her lunch box and gave it to her. When she got home she said, “Thank you and I think I did well.” 

Kaylin PeabodyEvery time I go shopping with my mom, I help a lot. First, I help her shop. I ask what she needs then I get it. Second, I help her bring in the groceries in the car. Last, I help put them away. She feels happy because it helps her out a lot.

My mom was vacuuming one day and she accidentally pulled her back. She cannot pick up stuff off the ground so I picked them up. I cleaned the house for her and vacuumed. She was very grateful.

In late October, I volunteered to go to the soup kitchen. While we were upstairs putting away stuff, they were handing out free leis and I got a lot. I wrapped them to my wrists and went down stairs. As people started coming in, a lady said she loved purple, so I gave her a purple lei. She said, ”Bless your heart.” I felt very excited. Before we left she also said, “I will never forget you.”

Macy Freeman 
For my first Blueberry Moment, I helped kids from South Africa get the chance of a lifetime. This winter my coach asked a few of the soccer players on my soccer team if we wanted to play in a soccer game against South Africa. I just thought it was going to be a normal soccer game, but when I got there, I realized it wasn’t. Most of them didn’t even have shoes to play in and none of them wore shin guards. After the game, we got to give them medals. After receiving them, they all had big huge smiles on their faces. Seeing them so happy made me feel good inside.

For my second Blueberry Moment, I gave a lady a cart at the store that already had a quarter in it. My mom and I went grocery shopping. We were unloading our bags from the cart and my mom asked me to take the cart back. As I was taking the cart back, I realized there was a lady walking up to the store so I asked her if she needed a cart. She said yes and offered me a quarter and I told her she could keep it. She asked me if I was sure and I said yes. Then she said “That was very kind of you sweetheart, you didn’t have to do that, you just made my day,” and gave me a great big hug. This made me realize that something as small as giving a lady a cart and not making her give me a quarter can make that person’s day and can also make the person who gave feel great too.

For my third Blueberry Moment, I made care packages for hurricane victims. One day my mom took me and my brother up to the church we go to. We got bags and we went down almost like an assembly line and we put items in our bags. We put items in like toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, combs etc. We went through the line until there was nothing left. We then sent the bags down to Florida for the hurricane victims. Doing this made me feel good because even though I wasn’t there to see them open it, I knew they would and they would have a few necessities that would last them a while.

Zach Woodzell
I was on my way home from the movies and it was raining. When I got to the end of my driveway, I noticed that I had to take the trash cans in. I then noticed that my neighbors trash can was still out there. I decided that I would take it in for her because she was alone and I didn’t want her to have to go out in the rain. So, I took it in for her. It made me feel good about myself because I did the right thing and it made her feel good as well. Anytime there is a random act of kindness there will always be a win-win.

When there was a huge snow storm, my dad and I shoveled my neighbor’s driveway. Because she has to pay someone to do it, we always shovel her driveway, and mow her lawn. It made me feel good that she didn’t have to pay someone and once again it made her feel good because it was our random act of kindness

When my neighbor has to go somewhere, she asks me to watch her cat. She doesn’t have to give me money because I love animals and I love to help my neighbor. It makes me feel really good because then she doesn’t have to pay someone else to watch her cat. She always thanks me which means she is grateful and I am too for being able to help her. 

Abbi Denno
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My mom drove me to the Flushing Christian outreach center and I brought blankets and pillows and we took them to the place and gave them to people who might not be able to afford them.

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One time, I went around my neighborhood and raked leaves for people who couldn’t make it out this year and I shoveled snow in the winter they were really happy and it made me happy too!

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My last Blueberry Moment was when I was at school and I just looked around at everyone and realized how thankful I am to have a roof on my head and have nice clothes and a shower to rinse in, but I also noticed some people who didn’t have all that. I didn’t care who it was or what they looked, I just went up and said hello and played with them and asked them what they did outside of school they really appreciated it and I liked talking with them too.

Alaina Burch
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For my first Blueberry Moment, I helped my elderly neighbor blow leaves out of his plants and driveway. I was inside looking out of my big bay window and that’s when I saw it was like a blizzard of leafs, so I decided to help him rake and blow the leafs out of the way. It made me and him both have a brighter day.

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For my second Blueberry Moment, I helped my other neighbor shovel his driveway. I was playing outside when I saw his driveway covered in snow from the storm, so I decided to shovel it for him. When he saw me doing it, he came out gave me a big hug and on his way back in, he had a big smile on his face, and that made me smile to.

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For my last Blueberry Moment, I helped an elderly man pack up his groceries. I was waiting in line, and I saw him all by himself at self-checkout. So, I decided to help him out, when I was done, he gave me a big smile and said thank you. When I went to my parents they had a big smile on their faces and that made me happy. 

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My first Blueberry Moment was when I held the door for my friend at Church. It made her really happy because she thought it was really nice that I held the door for her. It made me feel really good that I helped her by getting the door for her.

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My second Blueberry Moment was when I helped shovel my neighbor’s driveway. It made them really happy that I helped them shovel their driveway because they would get it done faster since I was helping them. It made me feel really good cause I was doing something nice by helping them shovel their driveway.

My 3rd and final Blueberry Moment was when I helped my neighbors clean their playroom. It made them feel really good and happy that I was helping them clean their playroom because they would get it done faster since I was helping them. It made me feel really good because I was doing something nice what was to help them clean their playroom with them.

Yassin Mahran
Blueberry Moment 15194It was a snowy day and after I shoveled my yard, I decided it would be a good thing to do If I did my neighbor’s yard while he was gone. I shoveled his deck and his porch and left a Blueberry Card by his front door. I felt amazing because of what I did and how kind it was and that’s how people should act like.

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I had some money at the skating place and my friend did not have any money there. So, I gave him a dollar to use. He was happy with it and I was glad he got it as I made a random act of kindness.

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I was in NYC over Christmas break when I saw a guy crying on the street. I had some nuts my grandma bought for me. So, I gave them to him. He said thank you and took the nuts as he ate them. He was happy and was not crying when I gave the nuts to him. I felt relieved that I saw no one crying.

Scartlett Kihn
For my first Blueberry Moment, I helped my grandma out when she was having a hard time. A few months ago, my aunt Carla who is my grandma’s twin got put in the hospital for a while. My grandma is an amazing woman and she would do anything for me to be happy. So, I figured I could do that for her. My grandma has lived with my aunt all her life so it was the first time they had been separated for a long time. I could tell that my grandma was sad. One day, I went over to her house, and helped her out. First, I put up all the decorations on her Christmas tree while she was eating breakfast. Next, I shoveled her driveway. I figured it would be nice to shovel her neighbors too, but I didn’t give them a Blueberry Card because I didn’t have enough. After shoveling the driveway, I took the time to give her a long hug because I thought she really needed one. She is the best grandma in the world after all! My good deeds made her so happy! But after I left, I was happier that I had done something so good for someone even better.

For my second Blueberry Moment, I had an experience I never even thought about. I took snacks and goodies to some police officers. When I was at the grocery store with my mom, I thought of something I could do for the police officers. I figured since we were at a grocery store, we could buy them some snacks. I bought them things like sandwich stuff, cookies, donuts, Gatorade, water bottles, and other things. Later that day we pulled into the parking lot. My mom had called the day earlier and they told her to call the police to get in! She did it but, she was a little nervous. After an officer escorted us in, we walked to their lounge. There were a few officers in there so I told them about the Blueberries and what we do.. One of them took the Blueberry Card and I walked out with a big smile on my face.

For my final Blueberry Moment, I did something that made me so happy that I cried on the way home, happy tears of course. One day I was at my friend Gabby’s house and she was telling me about how some days she, her mom, and a group of other people go to Flint and pass out warm clothes, hot food, and other stuff for homeless people. So, Gabby and I we talking an she said that I could come too! It wasn’t until later that day that I realized that I could use this as an opportunity to pass out a Blueberry Card. One Saturday night, my family and I drove to Flint and set up a big stand right next to a warming center. Our Aunt Chrissy crocheted mittens, scarves, hats, and other things. We put them in a bag and my sister was in charge of them. We had meat for sloppy joes, rolls, water, trays, steamed carrots, homemade cupcakes and cookies (by me), and other things for food. We also had coats that we bought the previous day and small toys for the children. We dressed warm and went to our posts. I got to pass out the desserts. We gave stuff to everyone who walked by. You should have seen them they were so grateful! There was one child, her eyes were so precious she stared right at me and I was so sad. I then realized how much I had and how lucky I was. I pointed her towards the toy table where she picked one out. Her and her parents were about to leave until I called for her. I told her all about the Blueberries and gave her the Blueberry Card. They thanked us and walked away. After the sun set and we didn’t see anyone, we loaded up and left. We dropped off the extra stuff at the warming center where they would serve it for lunch tomorrow. As we drove away I started to realize how much I had and how happy I was to be there.

Ella Valerio
One day when I was coming home from school, I noticed that my neighbor’s newspaper was at the end of her driveway. That neighbor is getting old so I decided to get her paper for her. I ran inside to tell my dad what I was doing and ran across the street. She wasn’t home so I put her newspaper in her porch with her Blueberry Card. I got the paper for her because it was it was a nice thing to do. I felt really good after doing it for her even though it was just a small act of kindness. I didn’t see my neighbor’s reaction, but I hope she felt good too.

On Valentine’s Day, the whole sixth grade in Flushing went to Roller Haven. A lot of kids brought extra money for games and other food, including me. I was at the ticket counter to get candy for my tickets. One of my friends came up and started talking to me. She said she had 23 tickets. At Roller Haven, there isn’t much to get for 23 tickets. I had about 80 tickets and I had plenty of options. I felt bad for this friend so I decided to give her a dollar. She was so happy! She said she’d get me some candy but I said no. I felt so good after that. I wanted to do the act of kindness for free.

On one of the snow days this year, before Valentine’s Day my mother asked me if I wanted to help her at her work. My mom is a teacher and that job is hard work. I said yes because my mom had been a little stressed lately and I wanted to help her. She was so excited. She said she thought I was going to say no and go on my phone the whole time she was gone. I probably would have said no if I hadn’t stopped to think about it. I felt so good that I helped my mom. Plus, I had fun doing it.

Aria BatesMy first Blueberry Moment was on February 14, the day the whole 6th grade went to Roller Haven. There was a sixth grader that didn’t know how to skate and she was stuck on the other side of the rink so I skated over and asked her if she knew how to skate? She told me she didn’t so I held her hand and proceeded to teach her how to skate. By the end when we were about to leave she told me how thankful she was that I taught her how to skate and that she had become much better at it. And I thought to myself what an amazing thing I had just done and that I had just made a new friend.

For my second Blueberry Moment, I helped teacher with a kid named Christian. He has problems and he is in second grade and I shuttle to central and my bus driver had to do something and all the kids that rode his bus had to go into the central gym and wait there until another bus driver got done with their route. While I was there, Christian was playing on the stacked up gymnastic mats and was about to fall and I helped him down and played with him the rest of the time and kept him out of trouble the supervisor told me thank you and that I was extremely helpful.

The same day as my last Blueberry Moment, the bus driver came at last and it turned out to be my shuttle bus driver and I volunteered to help her find the houses since I am the last one off of the bus. After everyone else was off, she told me that I was a big help and that she probably could not have found the houses and streets without me. 

Kailyn Johnson
I helped my grandma when she just got out of surgery and she’s still recovering to this day. My good deed I did for her was help her around the house, such as cleaning, putting away stuff and even cooking. I saw her smile light up like the sun as I helped! It made me feel so good to help her with her things, I like being around her and I hope she feels better soon.

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The second good deed I did was help this elderly women, it looked like she was struggling with this really big TV and she already look flattered that she had to carry it all the way out to the car. So, what I did was offered her to take it for her she told me she would never ever forget what I did. She was smiling ear to ear it felt so heartwarming to help that women, it felt even more good when she told me she would never ever forget me.

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The last good deed I did was help my grandpa with his dog named Goldey. Goldey is a little teacup Yorkie and she’s a puppy and have lot of energy and my grandpa was coming down with a horrible case of the flu. So what I did was take her off his hands and I feed her, took her out and played with her, etc. He felt so grateful and I think Goldey was too! Finally, he had a rainbow over his head as he fell asleep and in no time he felt better he thanked me lots of times. It was a very special to me knowing I could do something good for him.

There is a kid in my class who I don’t really like, and there was the last copy of this new book I wanted, and I got it! But he wanted it and he was sad, so I said, “Did you want this book?” He said yes. So, I gave it to him even though I wanted it and I do not really like him. It made me feel good because if I don’t like him and I did something kind to him, then I knew I can be kind to all because I really did not like him. It made him feel good because he never thought some who he did not like and did not like him could help him out/be nice to him which made me happy too.

I babysat my neighbor three days a week or more the whole year so far without getting paid. Also getting him on the bus while I have to get myself ready, home alone, and make him breakfast. It makes me feel good because I feel responsible and my parents think I am too so I get more privileges. It makes them feel good because I am helping them with transportation, and that’s a big help for the parents, and they have somebody they can rely on for help.

I cleaned the cafeteria floor by picking up all the trash. It made me feel good because if I can clean at school, I can clean at home and I do. Also, because it helped Mr. Toney out because he does a lot for our school so I wanted to give him a little hand so it would be easier for him because it is not his job to clean up after us. It made him feel good because he got help so he didn’t have to so much work at lunchtime and that he knows I care and notice how much he does for our school. 

Myriah Jackson
For my first Blueberry Moment, my dad gave me $15 and I was with my mom and I saw a homeless man on the curve. I asked my mom if she could stop the car, so I could help him. I knew I needed to save a little bit of money to buy my mom a birthday present. I gave the homeless man $5. I told him, “God bless you happy new year.”

For my second Blueberry Moment, my big sister and I were at the store. A lady that worked there dropped some boxes. Immediately, my big sister and I went and helped the lady because we were just being helpful and nice.

For my third Blueberry Moment, I was at Kroger and I was in line to pay for my stuff. The lady in front of me did not have enough money. She only needed a dollar and sixty cents so I decided since I had some money left over I could give her the dollar and sixty cents. 

Kennedy Coleman
I was going to the store with my mom and she said we have to stop and get something to eat. I asked why and she said that one of my family’s closest friend’s mom is dying because of cancer. So, I agreed and I went it to the restaurant to get the food and when I took it into the house I gave her the Blueberry Card. She had the biggest smile on her face and hugged me, it made my day that I could do something good for someone who’s going through some rough stuff.

My friend from school sprained her ankle and was on crutches and couldn’t carry her binder from class to class. So, we were in the same class and I offered to carry it for her so she could just walk and not have to haul it around all the time. When I asked her if I could, she had the biggest smile on her face. She seemed very thankful to have someone to carry her stuff until her foot is healed and when she said I could I had the biggest smile on my face too.

I have grandma that has arthritis and she seemed to be struggling with gardening so I asked why don’t I do that for you. She gave me a big hug and said thank you for helping me. So, my friend came over after that and me and her worked on the garden for 3 hours. My grandma just sat on her porch drinking tea. It was a joy to see her enjoying herself. 

For my first Blueberry Moment, I helped my neighbors shovel their yard. No one was there and no one decided to do it so I grabbed a shovel and shoveled their yard with the help of my brother. They don’t know yet because they are on vacation right now, but I’m sure they’ll be happy when they see it. I also knew if they came home to all the snow they would have a really hard time because they are older. They also introduced us very nicely when we moved in our house a couple of years ago. They deserved something nice because they were nice. Doing this made me feel good and really happy.

For my second Blueberry Moment, I went to my church and I helped clean up the church. First I swept the ramp that the people walk down. Then I swept the for bathrooms and I also mopped them. Then I vacuumed the sanctuary that we have service in every Sunday and Thursday. That Sunday the pastor thanked everyone who helped clean up the church. They were happy that we helped. I was also happy that I helped and made someone feel good.

For my very last Blueberry Moment  I noticed something. I noticed that there were always kids at church who didn’t have money to buy stuff from the church store. I also noticed that there were kids who did have stuff. So, I bought stuff from the church store and gave it to the kids who didn’t have stuff because I don’t want them to feel left out. I also bought the missionary her favorite bag of chips potato chips. The little kids thanked me and they were happy. The missionary was also happy. Making other people happy made me feel good and happy. 

Addysen Craven
For my first Blueberry Moment, I shoveled my elderly neighbor’s driveway. When my friend Rebekah and I were out shoveling my driveway, we thought that since we already had the snow gear on, and the shovels out, why not just shovel their driveway? So, we shoveled their driveway quickly and ran away so they didn’t see us. As we were drinking our hot chocolate inside my house, we both knew we had done a good deed.

For my second Blueberry Moment, I cleaned the house without being asked. As me and my sister were downstairs on our phones and watching TV, we both thought it would be a good idea to cook for my mom since we knew she was exhausted lately from taking care of the kids. So, while my sister was cooking, I decided to clean the house since I felt like I wasn’t doing very much to help. When my mom finally came downstairs, she was very happy with what we had done. At the end of a very tiring day with the kids, my mom told us we had made her day. Little did she know, with those simple words, she made our week.

For my last Blueberry Moment, my friends and I decided to start a fundraiser for a children’s hospital in Detroit. We are going to have it on March 23. For this fundraiser, all of the grades will have a pajama day and you are also allowed to bring a stuffed animal. But, to do this you must pay a low fee of one dollar.

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