It's one thing to challenge students to perform a good deed but another to be put a good deed on display for all to see. That's exactly what Franklin Elementary School Principal Kristin Williams did during the school's annual PTA fundraiser that concluded on October 18.
Williams helped encourage students not just to fundraise for their PTA but to also perform acts of kindness both at school and around the community. If the students met their fundraising and acts of kindness goals, Williams volunteered to go in a dunk tank in front of the entire school.
The students obliged by performing 1317 acts of kindess in total; acts that varied from taking out their neighbors garbage, to holding umbrellas for classmates, and painting kindness rocks for others to enjoy in their neighborhoods.
Those kind acts also played a part in helping raise $35,141 for the Franklin PTA, which flew by it's goal of $25,000.
The good sport that she is, Williams held up her end of the bargain on Monday as she entered the dunk tank during an all-school assembly. Getting the honor to dunk her were the students that performed the most acts of kindness and raised the most money over the past few weeks.
While Williams climbed to the dunk seat before putting a literal meaning to go "all in" students chanted "dunk" seemingly loud enough for the neighborhood to hear.
The assembly concluded by the students taking a pledge that Williams and all Franklin staff members hope they take with them long after elementary school:
"I pledge to be kind
in all that I do
To help others
helps me too.
It feels good to give
more than I take
A friend to all
for goodness sake!"