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CVHS students pay it forward
Teachers send students on mission of acts of kindness
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Hale Aloha Convalescent Hospital resident Lois Hubbard, 99, is visited by Dulce Cruz, Ana Contreras, Rocio Santacruz and Jasmin Zendejas - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Central Valley High School Success 101 teachers Natalie Rowell and Beccy McGlinchy posed several questions to their 49 students after watching the movie "Pay It Forward."

"It brought up a discussion in class of what can we do to make a difference," Rowell said. "That was the inspiration for this project. We shaped a schedule of activities."

As part of Random Acts of Kindness Week (April 27-May 1), CVHS freshmen Dulce Cruz, Ana Contreras, Rocio Santacruz and Jasmin Zendejas delivered 45 floral arrangements to residents of the Hale Aloha Convalescent Hospital in Ceres.

The colorful vases contained pink, yellow and white flowers helped bring smiles to the faces of residents there.

Cruz, Contreras, Santacruz and Zendejas posed for a picture with 99-year-old Lois Hubbard towards the end of the Thursday's 3:45-4:30 p.m. visit.

"I had a great time," Santacruz said. "I saw a lot of smiles. We're making people happy. This means a lot to me."

"It shows the community cares," said Kevin Goulart, activities director for Hale Aloha. "Seeing visitors brightens their day. It truly means a lot to them."

Central Valley Success students made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on April 28 for the homeless in Ceres, Turlock and Modesto.

DOT Foods donated a case of peanut butter, a case a jelly and eight boxes of potato chips.

Shane Parson and the Ceres Lions Club also made generous donations to help with the events.

Central Valley made tie blankets on Wednesday for deployed soldiers connected with two teachers on campus and had six student mentors visit Hidahl Elementary School on April 27.

"There was a buzz across the whole school," Rowell said. "Other students and staff members were talking about it. This is such an awesome opportunity. It gives our students an opportunity outside of academics to build character. In my opinion, character counts. I would definitely like to do this again next year. It's been such a positive experience. We need more things like this."