Grand Blanc East Middle School Blueberry Ambassadors acknowledge that “one random act of kindness could brighten someone’s day”

Grand Blanc East Middle School, coordinator Nicole Lafleur

Christine Edmunds
For my first Blueberry Moment, I went to a volunteer organization to help organize and sort through clothes for the homeless. My sisters were going to help organize clothes for the homeless for their volunteer hours for honor roll and I heard them talking about it before they left, so I asked them if I could come. It turns out it was a lot of fun, me and a couple others were in one room sorting through boxes over boxes of clothes. It was so cool to see so many clothes that people had donated for people who weren’t as fortunate as them. In my room, we worked for about and hour and a half and had done three huge boxes worth of clothes all sorted through, folded, and put in piles of groups they belonged to. When we left, I had a huge smile on my face, even though it was pretty late it was really fun to do all of that even though we didn’t do much of anything but sort and fold, it felt so good to help those people and I wish I would have been able to see the look on those people’s faces when they got all those new clothes!
For my second Blueberry Moment, I heard that my grandpa had gotten hurt skiing, and he fell of the roof of his house taking down Christmas decorations. When I heard this, I wanted to see if he was okay so I decided to give him a text. In the text I sent him I said, “ Hi grandpa this is Sara and I heard you got hurt a few times! I just wanted to see if you were okay! Get better!” Once he saw this text, he sent me one back that said thank you for texting me and that was very thoughtful. When I read how he was alright and how he was so happy I texted him, I was very thankful he was ok and didn’t get hurt badly. It also made me realize that one text to see if he was ok made him so happy and changed his bad day to a good day. That made me especially happy. When I texted him, my parents didn’t tell me to do this I just did it because I knew it was the right thing to do. 

Josiana Yacoub
When I was walking down the hall to go to the bathroom, I found a lot of scraps on the floor. I felt bad so what I did was pick them up and I threw them away. And then I went to the bathroom and I felt better about myself!

The good thing I did was for the Fish family’s holiday gifts. My family didn’t have much. I told my mom she could do anything but she said she didn’t have money that we could cut from our budget. She said my dad couldn’t be here for Christmas because he was working in Nigeria. I didn’t have enough to buy myself a Christmas present but I wasn’t just going to give up just like that . There are so many people without anything suffering every day. I had one thing and that was to draw, so I started drawings so that I could start auctioning so that we could give the money to the less fortunate. It made me so happy and I don’t care if I don’t get anything for Christmas. All I know is that the people will be happy.

Madalynn Hawks
One of my Blueberry Moments is when I did it without asking my sister and I put all of her laundry away for her. 

Another Blueberry Moment I had was I put up all the ornaments on to the Christmas tree.

Kaitlin Cruppenink
One of my acts of kindness was befriending a girl who was new at our school named Zeina. She had just started going to East this year and when we were sat next to each other in one of our classes, we started talking and we got along really well. I figured I could use this as one of my acts of kindness because I know how hard it is to move to a new school during our lives where most people have found the groups they belong in I’m really glad I have taken the time toget to know her and I’m glad we have become friends.

Another one of my acts of kindness was kind of small but whenever I went somewhere, I made sure I held the door for people behind us and if they were in front of us, I would run up ahead to open the door for them. Hearing people say thank you really made it worth it.

My last act of kindness was taking it upon myself to help someone whenever I saw them struggling with problems in math, pronunciation of a word or other school related things. Its empowering me to see when people finally understand something they didn’t get or they were struggling with before.

Kiona Henry
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My family and I made over 966 funny, kind, caring, and sweet Christmas cards and New Year cards to ship off to the military and everyone there that couldn’t go home for Christmas and spend it with their family. We felt tthat it would be thoughtful to send those cards so they would feel cared for and wouldn’t feel left out, even if they weren’t at home with the people they love. We felt as if they were our own family. One of my cards was a poem: “ There are not words big enough. There is not a hug strong enough. There is not a smile wide enough. All I can offer is thank you. You are my hero. You are in my thoughts. You are in my prayers. For all you’ve done, thank you.”

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My mom was driving down McCandlish road in Grand Blanc. While we were driving, we saw two stray dogs. They were all messy, smelly, and slimy. It seemed as if they have been out there by themselves for a couple of days. So, I asked my mom if we could take them home and wash them. That’s exactly what we did, we also fed them, gave them water, played with them, and let them sleep. We didn’t want to just keep driving and hope that their owner would find them. We cared for them just like how I care for my own dog. We took the dogs to Genesee County Animal Control and when we got there, I saw a woman there crying and a man behind her, very upset too. So, I walked over and asked if they were okay. They both looked at me upset and she asked if we have seen two dogs and showed me a picture.I told them I have! When my mom came towards them with the dogs, they ran as fast as they could to them. They thanked us so much. My mom and I gave them both a hug, smiling. I gave the dogs a hug as well. I didn’t want to leave without saying goodbye. After I gave both the dogs a hug, my mom and I walked out of the building and drove off, happy to see their family reunited again.

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My family and I went to the Shelter of Flint. We donated socks and supplies, money and items. We also delivered water bottle to the homeless and the people that weren’t homeless but living in Flint with the water crisis.

My family and I decorated tissue boxes and hand sanitizer for the nursing stations. We made candy grams for the police department and took treats to the fire station.

I made chocolate truffles and gave them to the bus drivers that were waiting in the cafeteria. I don’t ride the bus, but I decided to give thanks to those people that care for the students. I bought extra school supplies and gave muffins to my language arts teacher, math teacher, social studies teacher, and science teacher. I also made lunches for our school custodians. They were pleased that I was thoughtful to do that for them.

Sara Snyder
I made my sister a nice cup of hot chocolate after coming in from the outside in -30 weather, shoveling. When she came in, she looked very cold and I made her a hot cup of hot chocolate. When I gave it to her, I think she expected it to be bad but she said it was actually very good. After hearing that I was kind of shocked she thought it was good but, I was happy she liked it and was warm again.

Lena Youngs
My first Blueberry Moment was when I went out with my sister and shoveled a few of my neighbor’s driveways who didn’t get plows or who couldn’t shovel them themselves. Even though I wasn’t there to see their faces I know that they would appreciate that someone helped them out. It doesn’t matter if they know I did it and I don’t need the credit, all that matters is that I made someone’s day better with a simple act of kindness.                     

Maya Youngs
My first Blueberry Moment for this year was making blankets for the Humane Society of Genesee County. We had to go get fabric from Walmart. Then, we all spent a couple hours of our own time outside of school making blankets by cutting and tying them. My friend and I ended up making 10 blankets of different sizes for different sized dogs, cats, and other animals that ended up at the Genesee County Humane Society. We went to the humane society in order to deliver the blankets ourselves. We looked around at some of the animals that needed to be adopted. The animals that we saw were all locked up in small cages only enough to fit a small blanket and a food/water bowl. We all felt so sad for the animals because they were trapped in tiny cages and didn’t get all of the attention that they needed to stay healthy.

My second Blueberry Moment for this year was shoveling some of the driveways in my neighborhood. My sister and I shoveled some of the driveways of the older folks in our neighborhood that couldn’t do it themselves. We spent about an hour of the time that we would have been visiting our aunt that just came to Michigan shoveling other people’s driveways on a day that we would have just been being lazy inside. Even though it was cold and the wind was blowing in our faces, we shoveled two of the driveways on our block. It felt so nice to do something for others, every time I do something for someone else, I feel a great joy of happiness. This was the same feeling!

My third Blueberry Moment for this year was sending a letter to a child at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. I wrote a message for a child that is a patient at the Children’s Hospital. Every person who writes a message on a website gets to send the message to a child who needs it. Every child gets a letter on a cool card delivered to them on Valentine’s Day to show them that they are not alone and people are there to show their support. I loved sending this card to a child who needs the help because they might be losing hope that they will get through the pain of the procedures that they are going through. Every child needs a card to keep their spirits up. I am going to write a card for a child who needs it every year in order to make a kid feel great. I think everyone should give a card to someone/some child at a hospital for any occasion. It is a great thing to do for someone else.

Reva Setty
For my first Blueberry Moment, I donated money to buy things that were needed for the kids at an orphanage in India. I decided to do this because I wanted them to know that people care about them, including me. Even though I couldn´t see them I think they appreciated the things because now they can experience new clothes, food, and other necessities. This impacted me by strengthening some positivity project characteristics like kindness, love, hope and optimism, and perspective.

For my second Blueberry Moment, I gave a girl begging on the streets in Mumbai an Indian treat called kulfi (it is basically Indian ice cream). I decided to do this because I saw that she really wanted the treat but she couldn´t afford it. After I gave the kulfi to her, she smiled and had a little twinkle in her eyes. Plus, she thanked me in a Indian language called, Hindi. This experience gave me a warm feeling in my heart because I knew I had made her day better. Another way it impacted me is by strengthening some positivity project traits like kindness, empathy, love, and open-mindedness.

For my third Blueberry Moment, I gave a kid in India school supplies (like a backpack, lunch bag, colored pencils, crayons, pencils, erasers, and colored markers) for the year because they could not afford it themselves. I wanted to do this because many people in India can’t afford school supplies, a good backpack or lunch bag. I think the kid loved all of the supplies because now she can show her friends her new backpack and share the supplies with them. This experience impacted me because now I am very grateful for my backpack and supplies that I get to use at school. Another way it impacted me is by strengthening my positivity project traits like kindness, gratitude, perspective, and hope and optimism.

Alina Ike
My grandparents came over for a couple of days and I decided to make their day by making them a one week worth of present of one quote and six things I love about them. They were so happy to see the little package tied up with a little green bow. I told them it was for a whole week, one for each day. The each gave me a kiss on the head and I walked back to my room knowing one kid can make a difference. Everyone can, at least in one person’s life.

My brother, Tyler, loves candy – all of it. Especially starbursts. I decided to give him a big bucket filled with them one day just to make him happy. I filled a small bucket with all the starbursts I could find. Red, Orange, Yellow, and Pink. I brought the bucket out into the living room where he was sitting and gave him the bucket, I said, “Here these are yours because I don’t really like them as much as you.” I did like them but because he liked them more I decided to give him all of mine. He thanked me and I went on with me day like nothing ever happened. I’m a normal kid, and one random act of kindness could brighten someone’s day. One ripple at a time.

For my 12th birthday, I asked for nothing, no presents, nothing. I wanted donations for my friends that had passed away, one from cancer, and one from QT Long Syndrome. Their names are McKenna, who died from cancer, and London who passed from a disease that no one knew she had, QT Long Syndrome. London was one of my good friends and McKenna I barely knew but I still wanted to donate to the causes. So I raised over $200 for both girls. I had raised $40 for London the following summer and donated that before. I hope every person here could give a little because if they do something like this at least once in their life it will make them so happy. And I know that’s what happened to me after doing something like this. I made a new ripple.

Alice Edmunds
All of my siblings and me take turns cleaning our cats’ litter boxes and my two sisters are in high school so they have a lot of homework and other things to do. So, for two weeks I would do the litter box if it seemed like they were crammed or if they forgot and then, I put the Blueberry Card on the chart that we keep track of who’s turn it is for litter boxes. It gave them some more time to do their homework and study and it made me happy to see that I could help them because they help me a lot with other things.

Me and my brother fight a lot and him and my dad were going to go to a super bowl party and I asked to come. I could see that my brother was not very happy about that because he wanted to spend some time with our dad and I felt bad even though I also wanted to spend some time with him. So, I told my dad that it was fine I wouldn’t go and it made my brother happy and I was very happy when I heard my brother had fun at the party.

Ella Baum
I made friends with a new girl at my school.

I helped my friends mom when she broke her leg.

I volunteered at my sisters school.

Addy McGuire
Blueberry Moment 15814For my first Blueberry Moment, I picked an ornament off the giving tree at snap fitness to donate a hat and gloves to an eight year old little girl who doesn’t have these things for the cold snowy weather. I decided to do this because I am very grateful to be able to stay warm in very cold weather so I wanted to help kids who can’t have these things. Doing this made me feel very grateful and lucky that I am able to stay warm in the winter. It also made me feel happy that I was helping out a child in need. 

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For my second Blueberry Moment, I decided to give a doll to two girls in my neighborhood as a Christmas gift who I knew would love it! This made me feel so happy that I did this to give a special present to kids who I knew would be so happy and would love it. The girls looked very excited when they saw the toy sitting on their front porch. 

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For my third Blueberry Moment, my family and I were waiting in line at the grocery store to ring up our items and we noticed a man dropped his blueberries and they all flew everywhere. My brother and I saw this happen and quickly went over to help this man pick up his blueberries. The man was so grateful that we helped him pick the blueberry’s up before they all got squished. This also made me feel very happy that I could help a man at the store that needed it.

Samantha Peterson

For my first Blueberry Moment, I decided to help my mom clean the house. I came up with this because she told me she was cleaning so I offered to help. I also helped her with laundry.

For my second Blueberry Moment, I decided to help my grandma after she got an ablation. I went over to her house and helped her around the house. I also spent the night and made breakfast the next morning. I wanted to do this because I felt really bad that she had another ablation so I wanted to do something nice for her.

For my third Blueberry Moment, I took my friends dogs in a walk for them. I wanted to help them out so I do it every time, and when they didn’t want to take them out I offered to do it for them.

Gehrig Hicks
Well my first moment was at McDonalds where I paid for the person behind me food I don’t know what the food was but I got the idea from the founder of the Blueberries.

So one of my neighbors is an old lady. So, her daughter came over and she has two dogs and then she left so I decided nobody likes a Michigan winter so I knocked on the door and walked both dogs. 

So, six years ago I adopted a cat and that was one of the happiest day of my life, I always wanted to give something to them back so I did for my last moment so I bought many blankets and toys and came inside and gave it to the lady and she really was grateful and I loved it.

Kyra Robinson
I sewed Kleenex holders (because I love to sew) and sold them at my family’s garage sale for $2 a piece. The money that was raised was donated to an elephant shelter (because I love elephants even more!) in Kenya, Africa called the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. I raised $34 total.

Addison Gildner
Blueberry Moment 19369It was a really cold snow day and my dad took me to Starbucks. I pulled up to the drive through and I looked behind us and saw a man in a suit. I felt bad that he had to work on the freezing day! So I asked the worker if I could pay for his meal. She looked kind of taken aback then took the money and Blueberry Card. I never got to meet the man but that’s okay! Spreading kindness is a feeling that everyone should experience in their lifetime!

Arianna Schlis
When I was shopping with my parents, someone dropped their wallet and their change spilled out everywhere. I picked up all of the change on the floor and gave it to her, and she was very happy. 

Last year, end of 2018, there was a student who had family troubles and she said her family was going to move, and they didn’t have enough money to move and they could barely afford groceries and things. When I heard this, I wanted to help. I went shopping a few days later with my dad, and gave her three bags of groceries. She was very happy and grateful at that moment when I gave them to her.

During lunch, my friend didn’t have enough money to buy a school lunch. I saw her sitting at the lunch table without one, and I asked her why she didn’t have lunch. She said that she couldn’t afford one and her family couldn’t give her lunch money. When I bought her a lunch, she felt very happy and I knew she would feel that way.

Bella Todd
For my first Blueberry Moment, I helped my friend with math when she didn’t really get it. We were going to have a math quiz later that day, and my friend didn’t get what it was over, but I did. I decided to help her study and understand it better, so I wrote her some practice problems and checked them to see if she did them right, and if she didn’t, I guided her through them so that she would understand. She told me that she understood it and ended up doing well on the quiz.

For my second Blueberry Moment, I left a few dollars by a claw machine at Mt. Holly so that someone who didn’t have money but wanted to play the game could. I was playing the game for a while with my friends, and a boy was standing next to us and watching us play. I could tell he wanted to try, so when we were leaving, I told him that he could use the money to play the game. We walked away, and I looked back and he was playing the game. It made me feel good that I could help someone to have fun and play a game that he might not have been able to play.

For my third Blueberry Moment, I gave my friend a pair of ski socks that I won and that I knew she needed. We were skiing together a few days earlier, and she told me how cold her feet were because she didn’t have any ski socks and was wearing cozy socks from the dollar store. We had a race that weekend, and for our team, they do a drawing and we could win prizes. My number was drawn and I won a pair of ski socks. I didn’t need them and I knew that my friend did, so I gave them to her. She was happy that she could have ski socks to wear and it made me happy that she felt this way.

Brady Edwards
I gave a homeless person a house.

I gave a hungry old man McDonalds.

I made my momma breakfast in bed.

Christopher Gerecke
I saw my neighbor had dropped their mail and I gave it to them quietly at their door.

I picked up the garbage and put it back in their bin.

I ordered pizza for my mom.

Addison Hines
The first random act of kindness that I did was to someone in the hallway. His locker wouldn’t budge so I helped him open it because his hands were full.

The second one I did was when I saw someone in my class struggling with her math so I met up with her and helped her with assignments to get her grade up.

The third thing I did was when I saw someone who had dropped all of their things and their binder fell open and papers where everywhere. I went up to her and helped her organize her things and put them back in her binder.

Saafa Tahboub
In my science class, there is a girl who is always sitting by herself. I noticed and when we have time, at the end of class before lunch I sit with her and we talk. Now, we are really good friends and I enjoy her company in science class. It’s fun laughing with her and working with her on projects.

My friend and I on Martin Luther King Jr. Day made tie blankets for the humane society so that the animals would be warm this winter.

My friend was really sad because she was going through a tough time, so every time I saw her I would make sure she was ok. I would give her a hug and tell her you can do it.

Lillian Schmit
For my first Blueberry Moment, I decided to help out and rake someone’s yard for them. I had a good feeling inside when I did this. And I knew it would have been quite a surprise when they got home. 

For my second Blueberry Moment, I filled up a baby bottle with some spare cash and change. This was to help women decide that they should have the baby that is in their stomach. And that that baby is alive and should have a life.

And for my last Blueberry Moment, I helped out serve a pancake breakfast when someone didn’t have enough volunteers.

Ella Goller
Once it was between fourth and fifth hour and someone dropped all of their stuff in the hall, I helped them pick it up and gave them my Blueberry Card.

I gave all of my teachers a present with a Blueberry Card.I was at a party for my mom’s work and someone dropped a five dollar bill and I picked it up and handed them a Blueberry Card.

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