South Georgia Middle School Students 'Pay It Forward'

By: Kara Duffy Email
By: Kara Duffy Email

By: Kara Duffy
September 18, 2013

Thomasville, GA - Students at MacIntyre Park Middle School in Thomasville are fighting back against bullying.

"This year, we decided to put a different spin on it and try to show the kids what bullying isn't; in doing that, we want to bring back the old, 'Pay It Forward Campaign,'" said Tiffany Oldham, a Guidance Counselor at M.P.M.S.

Here's how it works: each time a student does something kind for someone else, they'll receive a ticket. Then, students from grades six through eight will compete to see which grade level can rack in the most tickets. It's a challenge all students have welcomed.

"I helped study with someone and I helped tutor them so they wouldn't have a bad grade on their test," said 8th grader, Keyvyn Stinyard.

Fellow student Dasani Clayton added, "I told one of my teachers that they looked pretty today."

"We've got kids cleaning up for teachers; We've got kids opening doors for their friends who have their hands full," Oldham said.

Inspirational messages and anti-bullying posters now blanket the hallways.

"Paying it forward to me, is doing something good for somebody and you don't necessarily expect to get something back for it," said 8th grader Daughtrey O'Quinn.

"It makes me feel like I've made a big difference and impact on somebody," Clayton added.

Teachers hope 'Paying It Forward' will carry over beyond the hallways of MacIntyre Park.

"We'd love for our kids to start a trend, where they're doing things for people in our community and it catches on and they do good things for others in return," Oldham said.

MacIntyre Park's anti-bullying campaign will end Friday with a special guest speaker and assembly.

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