Proving the old adage “One good deed deserves another,” students at Carroll County Middle School were rewarded for exemplary character and behavior during an end-of-school-year assembly.
On May 30, televisions, Chrome Books, tablets and gift cards were given away in a random drawing for something called “Cavalier Pride,” tickets earned by students throughout the year for random acts of kindness and good deeds. In a special presentation at the end of the assembly, 8th grader Alonso Moreno was recognized for one particular act that was especially touching to CCMS Principal Marc Quesenberry.
During the Spring Formal on May 23, Moreno found a $20 bill lying on the ground. While most kids, and even adults, would have pocketed the Andrew Jackson and chalked it up to good fortune, Moreno instead immediately sought out Quesenberry.
“There were around 200 students there and the dance was going great, but then I got stopped by Alonso,” Quesenberry said. “He came to me with a twenty dollar bill he found on the floor and said, ‘I found this on the floor,’ and handed it to me hoping we could find its owner. I think it speaks volumes about Alonso, but also about the quality of our community. It would have been so easy to have put $20 in his pocket, but what he did represents what Carroll County is all about. It was just a great example of our community.”
In the week that followed, nobody stepped forward to say they had lost $20. At the May 30 assembly, Quesenberry presented Moreno with the twenty dollar bill and recognized him and his good deed in front of the entire student body.
“We’ve had people turn in money throughout the school year, people that brought in a dollar bill or five dollars, but this one struck me differently because it was on a Friday night at a dance, plus it was twenty dollars,” Quesenberry said. “You don’t see twenty dollars much on our campus. I don’t know if it was the amount of money more so than the amount of his character that impressed me.”
When asked about the incident, Moreno said he was merely doing what he learned from his family.
“It’s just the way I was raised. My family always taught me not to steal,” Moreno said. “I know if I lost twenty dollars, I would want someone to turn it in.”
Asked if he had any big plans for the money, Moreno said, “I will probably just save it.”
Carroll County Assistant Superintendent of Schools Mark Burnette was in attendance for the ceremony. He said Moreno’s example is a good reflection of the entire Carroll County community.
“We’re just fortunate to have kids that have been raised with such good values and are such good representatives of their community,” Burnette said. “We are blessed to have those kinds of kids. Not all schools are as fortunate.”
To further demonstrate the character of the students at Carroll County Middle School, Quesenberry pointed to a box titled “Cavalier Pride” that was filled with thousands of tickets. CCMS students earn Cavalier Pride tickets throughout the year whenever a staff member wants to recognize them for a good deed. It can be something as simple as picking up a piece of trash or helping another student in class. All the tickets from the year are then put in the box for a random drawing for televisions, Chrome Books, Dragon Touch Tablets, $25 gift cards, and about 40 McDonalds’ gift cards.
“It’s just a great way to celebrate Carroll County Middle School, but also to celebrate and promote good behavior and character,” Quesenberry said.