Random Acts of Kindness …
A message from Superintendent Bill Seder
I recently heard a story of a businessman heading to Chicago. As he found his assigned seat and settled in for the three hour flight, ten soldiers boarded the plane and took seats next to him. The man introduced himself to several of the soldiers and one of them said they were heading to Chicago for two weeks of training before heading to Iraq.
Halfway through their flight the stewardess announced over the intercom that they were offering a “Brown Bag lunch” for $5.00. The businessman overheard one of the soldiers ask his buddy if he was going to buy a lunch. “No, that seems like a lot of money for a sack lunch. Probably wouldn’t be worth the five bucks. I’ll wait until we get to Chicago.” None of the soldiers were buying a lunch.
The businessman walked to the back of the plane and handed the stewardess a fifty dollar bill. “Please take a lunch to those soldiers.” The stewardess grabbed his arm with tears in her eyes and said, “My son is a soldier in Iraq; it’s almost like you’re doing it for him…Thank You.”
Picking up the ten sacks, she headed up the aisle and handed a sack lunch to each of the soldiers. She stopped at the seat of the businessman and asked, “Which do you like best – Beef or Chicken?” The businessman perplexed by her question replied “Chicken.” Minutes later the stewardess returned with a dinner plate from first class. “This is yours, thank you.”
When the businessman went to the back of the plane to stretch, a man stopped him. “I saw what you did. I want to be a part of it here, take this.” He handed him twenty dollars. Soon after the Flight Captain came down the aisle and with a smile, held out his hand, and said, “I want to shake your hand.” With a booming voice he said, “I was a soldier too – a military pilot. Once, someone bought me a lunch. It was an act of kindness that I never forgot.”
When the businessman landed in Chicago a woman shook his hand while exiting the plan and put a twenty dollar bill in his palm. Waiting just inside the door, another man put something in the businessman’s shirt pocket, turned, and walked away without saying a word. Another twenty dollars!
Upon entering the terminal, the businessman saw the soldiers gathering for their trip to the base. He walked over to the soldiers and handed them the $60.00 that had been given to him and said, “It will take you some time to reach the base and I’m sure you may want another sandwich along the way. Be safe and Godspeed.”
A moment after the businessman left, a voice called out, “Sir!” the man turned to see ten of our nation’s finest standing at attention, looking him straight in his eyes and rendering one of the crispest salutes he had ever seen.
We are living in extraordinary times where it seems our nation is more divided than united. Our children are looking to us to lead the way, to be the example. As you read many of the articles in this newsletter and see first hand the incredible things our students do everyday, maybe...just maybe...we could learn a lesson from their example.
How do we change the world? One Random Act of Kindness at a time…Pass it on!