Everyday Hero: Clark County sheriff's deputy recognizes peer tutor at Hockinson High
BRUSH PRAIRIE, Wash. —
A senior at Hockinson High School in Brush Prairie was cited by the school resource officer -- for her kindness.
Alyssa Chapin’s kindness comes from working with students with disabilities at the school and volunteering in the community.
Clark County Sheriff's Deputy Jason Granneman is the school resource officer at the school.
Every Tuesday is shred day, when special education students visit the recycling bin near his office.
Chapin, who volunteers at the school as a peer tutor, assisting the special education students with their schoolwork and social skills, caught his eye.
“She was just very kind, very patient and interactive,” Granneman said. “You could tell that she really enjoyed that component of what she did.”
Fast forward a year.
Sheriff Chuck Atkins started a program that included giving kindness citations to citizens.
The nationwide program is a part of the Life Vest Inside nonprofit group that encourages the masses to engage in acts of kindness.
“He said, 'Hey, guys, I have a kindness citation and what we want to do is kind of what we already do',” Granneman said. “There's times where people assist us, or people assist us by helping somebody else, maybe it's a victim who just needs somebody to sit with them.”
Granneman presented the idea to teachers and staff at Hockinson High.
“Somebody immediately came to me and said, ‘Hey, this student would really be deserving.’ I was like, Oh, absolutely, I know who that is. I've seen her in action.”
And so a few weeks back Granneman surprised Chapin with a kindness citation.
“I felt very honored, and I thought it was an amazing award,” she said. “It was really nice to be recognized for my kindness and how caring I am in the community.”
Chapin, who graduates in June, plans to attend college to pursue a career as a physician's assistant.
Not surprisingly, she's in the National Honor society and plays soccer and track.
“I love being able to work with other people and interacting with others,” she said. “I plan on in the future being able to help others as well.”
The award comes with a donation made in the honoree's name and the opportunity to nominate someone else for the citation.
“What I can do is pass on that kindness citation by nominating someone else, so I plan on doing that sometime this year,” she said.
Grannamen said he's given out about two dozen kindness citations as a tangible way of saying thank you.
“The whole idea is the kindness boomerang, right? The boomerang, you throw it and comes right back to you. The idea is we show kindness and that kindness propagates itself,” he said.