M'ville TLC's first Pay It Forward Day 'made everybody feel good'

Cary Ashby • May 7, 2018 at 5:51 PM

MONROEVILLE — The first Pay It Forward Day at Monroeville High School started with serving breakfast to teachers and ended with buying groceries for several people.

The Teen Leadership Corps (TLC) class were involved in a variety of activities Monday. First, the students served breakfast to between 20 and 30 teachers.

“We had students bring in a different breakfast item,” senior Amelia Ruggles said.

Egg strata, fruit, muffins and yogurt were some of the items on the menu.

Next, at Lyn Marie’s Coffee on Main, TLC paid for eight customers’ drinks.

“Each kid explained it was Pay It Forward Day,” TLC teacher Rachel Paul said.

The students also delivered homemade banana bread to 12 shut-ins in Monroeville. Local churches had provided names of the residents.

“We baked banana bread last week, froze it and passed it out (Monday),” Paul said. “We walked around the village.”

Then it was back to the high school. Near the end of the lunch period, TLC class members handed out ice cream sandwiches to each student.

Afterward, the class loaded into a school bus and it was off to Norwalk Memorial Home, where they dropped off cards. The students also left baskets of snacks for two patients in the emergency room at Fisher-Titus Medical Center.

“At the memorial home, we were able to talk to some of the residents and brighten their day a little bit,” said Ruggles, the daughter of Marc and Betsy.

Then the TLC crew went to the Aldi grocery store in Norwalk, where the students put quarters in about 30 shopping carts and paid for three people’s groceries. Customers are required to use a quarter to use a cart and is ejected from its special holder once the cart is returned.

At Walmart, the Monroeville students paid for one customer’s groceries.

“Everybody was excited. It made everybody feel good and we can really make difference even if we are teenagers,” Ruggles said.

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