Monroeville TLC students make a day of paying it forward

Cary Ashby • Apr 25, 2019 at 5:00 PM

MONROEVILLE — Pay It Forward Day is in its second year at Monroeville High School.

“We kinda go around the community and surrounding communities and give back for everything they have done for us,” said senior Sawyer Schafer, who is in Rachel Paul’s Teen Leadership Corps (TLC) class.

The class members thought of generous activities they could do locally. The Monroeville TLC consists of: Juniors Jordan Blackford, Camryn Hedrick, Kelsie Palmer and Kortney Scheid and seniors Jade Quillen, Kelsie Ravick, Schafer and Eli Sweet.

“We started this morning with a teacher breakfast and then we went outside and painted the school rock,” said Schafer, the son of Tom and Kirsten.

TLC students also delivered banana bread to area shut-ins.

“We made it a few days back,” Schafer said. “Also we went down to Lyn Marie’s and paid for some people’s drinks. A lot of them were really grateful and super excited. We also stopped at some people’s houses and helped them with some landscaping.”

In TLC, junior Camryn Hedrick said she has learned the importance about “service to others” and “the hard work that goes into being a good leader.” According to the TLC website, http://teenleadershipcorps.org, part of the mission is for students to “lead, serve and inspire the world.”

Also on Wednesday, the Monroeville students gave gift bags to the school secretaries and “lunch ladies” and ice cream sandwiches to the high school students. In the afternoon, they handed out quarters at a Norwalk laundromat and left quarters to be used by Aldi grocery store customers to rent the shopping carts. In addition, the TLC crew donated handmade place mats to Meals on Wheels, brought in canned goods to stock the Blessing Box at St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church in Norwalk and handed out gift cards at Aldi and Goodwill.

“It made me feel really good and positive about giving back to other people. I just like to see their reactions,” said Hedrick, the daughter of Tom and Jane.

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