Students, Teachers at Arlington ISD's Little Elementary Recognized for Kindness
By Susan Schrock, Office of Communication
Posted on January 21, 2020, January 21, 2020

To recognize youth who are spreading kindness throughout The American Dream City, Arlington's Community Relations Commission has partnered with local businesses and launched a program that rewards students for their kind hearts.

During a pep rally on Friday, Jan. 17 at J.B. Little Elementary School in Arlington, the Commission surprised third grader Paul Fuller and 6th grader Cooper Dodson with a pair of premium Rangers tickets each. Fuller was recognized for his efforts to bring a Buddy Bench to the school, an initiative now being replicated at other Arlington elementary schools by the Brown Foundation. Haley Taylor’s second grade class was awarded with an ice skating party from the Parks Mall and Chick-Fil-A. Students were excited by a visit from the Chick-Fil-A cow mascot during the announcement.

First grade teacher Heather Bush and third grade teacher Kristen Clark were also recognized during the pep rally for finding ways to set good examples academically and socially for their students.

In attendance at the event where Commission members Gloria Peña, Timi Hazle, Cyndi Golden and Dr. Von Peaks; District 4 City Council representative Andrew Piel; AISD Board of Trustees President Kecia Mays and board member Melody Fowler; Arlington Police Officer Moon; and Kindness Ambassadors, Ray Casas with the Texas Rangers, Elizabeth Kobty with Prince Lebanese Grill, attorney Jim Ross of Jim Ross Law Group, and Chick-Fil-A owners Brad Breedlove and Cara Breedlove. These local businesses, including the Parks Mall, contribute gift cards and certificates to help the Commission reward students and teachers for their kind deeds.

The Community Relations Commission has been working to promote acts of kindness among our residents, visitors and business community since Mayor Jeff Williams announced the Kindness Initiative in 2017. People are encouraged to report acts of kindness that they perform, witness or were the recipient of through the City's Ask Arlington mobile app, on the Acts of Kindness website, or by posting on social media using #ArlingtonKindness and @CityofArlington.

Click here to read more about Acts of Kindness occurring throughout The American Dream City.

The Community Relations Commission is seeking local businesses to provide rewards that can be used to recognize youth for their acts of kindness. Those who are interested in becoming a sponsor can email the commission at

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