Every day students at Ross Elementary are challenged to be the very best version of themselves.
In doing so, what two fifth graders at the school recently learned is that all it takes is one simple act of kindness to help make a difference.
Mia Baca and Paige Nunn knew they wanted to do something to help their fellow classmates after seeing a news report last year about a man who bought lunch for an entire school for a year.
“We just wanted to help,” Mia said.
What they decided to do was to start raising money by selling brownies in their neighborhood to help pay for their classmates’ lunches.
They quickly made $40 just by selling just brownies. Then, they decided to add lemonade to their sales. By the end of Thanksgiving break, they had raised $262.
One of the girls’ father’s businesses matched what they raised and together Mia and Paige donated $500 to their school to be put towards students’ lunch accounts for whoever needed it.
For students who are not on free and reduced lunches, the girls’ $500 donation could help cover about 100 students’ lunches, said Monica Veenstra, school nurse at Ross Elementary.
Campus leaders will look to see which students could benefit from Mia and Paige’s donation the most to determine how the money is spent.
To honor their great citizenship, the two girls were recognized in front of their classmates during one of the school’s monthly Roadrunner Rallies for having outstanding character and displaying some of Clear Creek ISD’s Core Values including caring and respect.
“We are so incredibly proud of these students,” Principal Kelly Mooney said.