PCHS Students Recognized For Acts of Kindness

A group of young men at Princeton Community High School received some much-deserved recognition on Thursday after not only serving their community but also having a bit of fun in the process.

Near the start of the 2016 school year, Matt Hart's 'reACT to Bullying' program made a stop at PCHS. Hart has brought his anti-bullying program to 115 schools across Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky this year, reaching more than 80,000 students. Near the end of each presentation, Hart presents examples of students young and old who have brought acts of kindness to their communities.

He now has a new example.

"It's pretty easy to find a third grade class that decided to write notes, that sort of thing," Hart said. "I was always looking for something that happened where a high school did, even specifically, young men."

The Princeton Varsity Boys Basketball team responded in a big way.

On February 18th, the team and coaches along with Principal Steve Hauger, took a bus to Good Samaritan Home and Rehabilitative Center in Oakland City. The team traded their high-top basketball shoes for wingtips and donned blazers instead of jerseys. For the next several hours, the team, the coaches and even Principal Hauger made it a night to remember for the nursing home's residents.

They were the residents' dates for Valentine's Day. Junior Zahvell Madison was the first to hit the dance floor.

"It was real good. The ladies were nice. They were real sweet. We shared a few laughs," Madison said. "We helped take care of them. We did what it took to put a smile on their face."

"We were looking real nice for the ladies," junior Justin Niederhaus said with a sheepish grin. "We got them some roses, showed up and surprised them. It was a great time."

Despite their admitted lack of dancing skills, the young men said they had a great time. Their willingness and excitement left their school and community proud, Principal Hauger said.

"We try to do as many community things as we can at PCHS," Hauger said. "The community does so much for us so giving back is something we need to do."

The players' actions also left a mark on Hart. Their special night will be used during future performances of the anti-bullying program.

"If I hit over a hundred schools next year and I see over 80,000 more people, every single one of them is going to see Princeton Community High School and the varsity basketball team that went that day," Hart said. "You have that power. that's what I want to say to every one of you. Don't stop that."

Dave and Leslie from WKDQ were also at the high school to help recognize the students.

Photographs used in this report come courtesy of Carisa Dove and the Princeton Daily Clarion.
 


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