Local high school student’s challenge raises over $1,000 in 1 week


Calico Rock High School senior Keeley Pool’s determination to make a positive change in this world has made an impact on the entire school district. Knowing how difficult the end of last year was, as well as going into her senior year with so many restrictions, she wanted to help others get through this time by spreading a little positivity.

Pool says she knows all too well we all have bad days, but it always makes her feel better and have a more positive outlook on each day by brightening someone else’s day. At the beginning of this school year, she decided to start Random Acts of Kindness and challenged others to pay it forward.

She started the year by putting small bags of candy and a Random Acts of Kindness note and challenge on every student’s locker, as well as every school employees’ door. The love didn’t stop there. She has extended this project to her job, church, ball teams and most recently to the entire Calico Rock Elementary School.

Pool sent a letter to all of the elementary students asking them to “Bee the Change and Be Kind.” The students were asked to bring in change for a week. The winning class would receive popcorn, a drink and an extra recess provided by Pool herself. The challenge was accepted, and the students were buzzing about this competition all week long.

Pool explained to them that all of the money that was brought in would be donated to the Calico Rock Bridges program. By the end of the week, Pool and the elementary students raised $1000.27. She went back to each class and thanked the students personally and encouraged them to always have a giving heart, and that each day there are opportunities for us to help others, if we will just look for them.

Bridges is a local non-profit organization serving the students and their families in the Calico Rock School District. The program is there to Bridge the Gap between need and education for those students in K-12. This could be by providing food, clothing, school supplies, help with bills, medical expenses, travel to doctors appointments, ect. Currently the program is sending home food backpacks to approximately 70 children a week and serving over 30 families in the school district. There is also an onsite room that has clothing and hygiene necessities readily available to the students. The program is operated solely on donation and grants and volunteers donating their time and services.

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