Loudoun County, Va. (August 25, 2014) – A simple act of kindness nearly two years ago has left a lasting legacy at Cedar Lane Elementary.
When Brett Davis was a fourth-grader at Cedar Lane, new Principal Bob Marple witnessed Brett comforting a fellow student. The student was visibly upset and other students had simply ignored him or, in one regrettable instance, directed a snide comment at the student.
Marple said Brett’s simple caring for his fellow student made an impression on him and everybody who witnessed it.
Thus, on August 13, 2014, Brett was presented with the first annual Lion Pride Spirit Award in the school’s library. (Brett is now a sixth-grader at the new Trailside Middle School.)
The Lion Pride Spirit Award is presented to a student who:
- Has a great work ethic;
- An incredibly positive attitude;
- And exhibits kindness to all.
(The award was announced at the end of the last school year. However, the plaque recording the winner didn’t arrive in time for a ceremony. Thus Brett was given his award before Cedar Lane’s annual ice cream social.)
“One of the most important things we can do as individuals, as citizens, as students, as adults is just show people we care,” said Marple to an audience of Brett’s family and former teachers. “Sometimes we don’t know the right words to say. Sometimes we don’t know the right emotions to exhibit, but it is so important to exhibit that we care about one another…
“When I think of Brett Davis, I think of someone who’s very selfless, who’s caring. He’s generous. He’s kind. He has a wonderfully positive attitude.”
“Part of the reason we invest in public education as a nation is because of the importance of training good citizens and citizenship,” said Loudoun County School Board Chairman Eric Hornberger. “What we’re honoring today is really that.”
Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) Superintendent Eric Williams likened Brett’s act to casting a pebble into a pond and watching ever-increasing circles radiate from the point of impact. “Picture those additional circles in the pond as someone else doing the right thing and them inspiring someone else. So it really is, literally, a ripple effect.”