Read the write-up in the Bayside Gazette.
We are happy to announce Linda McGean as the very first winner of the Matt Kurtz Kindness Award. We think she is the perfect person for our first award, she exemplifies Matt’s philosophy that kindness is a way of life!
Linda is the guidance counselor at Ocean City Elementary School, but she is more than a guidance counselor. She is a mentor, counselor, cheerleader, organizer, and advocate. Linda serves as a mentor to every staff member and student on how to be a positive role model.
You never hear a negative word and you always see a smile. She is a cheerleader to everyone around her. She truly wishes for every individual to push their boundaries and achieve their goals.
Linda developed a program at OCES called Stand Up Speak Up. This program focuses on positive personality traits and focuses on a different trait each month. September was kindness. She holds a pep rally, provides lessons for the classrooms and ensures the month is focused on that one word. She is an organizer for the community at OCES.
If Linda knows of a family or individual in need, then Linda organizes a collection of clothing, shelter, food, and basic necessities. She is an advocate for those students without a voice. She is their champion.
In addition, Linda does not look for recognition. She is always focused on others. Linda’s actions show that she believes in kindness as a way of life.
Kindness is never wasted, it’s contagious, it’s free and it can have profound consequences. Every day small acts of kindness matter. They have a ripple effect, while you can’t always see the consequences they ripple out and touch so many lives.
Thank you, Linda, you are an inspiration to everyone!