Paving the way of kindness with. . . applesauce?


Kimberly Smith

Pictured are Ariana Purnell and Jamel Cardona

Morgan Burleigh and Kimberly Smith

GNA CAMPUS- If you’ve ever been the “new kid” at school, then you know how difficult it can be to fit in. It’s tough for many students, and it’s the same way being new for anything, really. But that means that you have a chance to make a good impression, doesn’t it?

How does one make a good impression, anyway? While there are many ways, one of the best ways to make yourself memorable is to do a good deed for someone, even if you don’t know them.

Not too long ago, Jamel Cardona moved to Nanticoke from The Bronx, New York. One morning, a little incident occurred in which one student, Ariana Purnell from Mrs. Dennis’ class, accidentally knocked her applesauce off of her tray.

What would you have done? Many people would have turned the other way, and sadly, some would even laugh at the little spill. But Jamel decided to help Ariana out, even though they didn’t know each other. And though it didn’t seem like a big deal, it gave Mrs. Dennis a little bit of hope.

For this act, Jamel received a Burger King gift card, and we asked him a few questions about the incident:

What happened, in your own words? 

She dropped her food, it was on the floor, I saw and nobody was helping her, so I helped her clean up the mess.

Why did you decide to help? 

I was just raised that way. My parents taught me whenever somebody needs help, to help. 

Did you think it would have a big impact like this? 

I didn’t do it for credit, I did it to not be a good person, I did it because that’s what a person should do. 


The world would be a better place if everyone would step up the way that he did. One act of kindness can spark another, and our days would be brighter.