Two young Mark Twain Elementary School students were thinking of others instead of themselves during their last birthday party.
Ava Bourgault, a first grader, and Olivia Bourgault, a third grader, could have gotten presents galore at a party they hosted at the Carthage Skating Rink.
Instead, they asked their friends and guests to bring food for the Carthage Bright Futures Backpack program, which sends packages of snacks home over the weekend with students who might otherwise go hungry without school breakfast and lunch.
“My basement is now filled with their birthday gift bags full of food pantry items that will be used to feed those less fortunate students in our school district,” wrote Amy Grimes, director of the R-9 School Foundation, in a note nominating the two girls for the Board of Education's Do the Right Thing award.
“I find it amazing that these young ladies have hearts big enough to understand and work to meet the needs of others.”
The board honored the two girls at their regular meeting on Monday.
Superintendent Blaine Henningsen also read from Mark Twain Kindergarten Teacher Katie Burken's nomination.
“I was lucky enough to get an invite to the 'party of the year' and witnessed an amazing outpouring of support,” Burken wrote. “Both girls have always been driven to 'Do the Right Thing' — a spirit instilled in them by their parents.”
The board honored a number of other students at the meeting.
In high school athletics, the board honored Seth Beckner for being named a first team all-state running back; Morgan Baugh, Quincy Charleston, Leigh Ann Craig, Regan Gartner, and Emily Godfrey for being named to the academic all-state team in softball; and Treavor Feagans for being named to the academic all-state wrestling team.
The board honored the Carthage Junior High Leadership Council members; Dylan Calhoon, Ashton Catron, Maquelle Huntley, Savannah Nevills, Allison Peterson, Jonathan Reyes and advisor Tiffany Stringer.
They also honored the Carthage High School Student Council officers; President Morgan Guidie, Vice President Cameron Moore, Treasurer Michael Morgan, Secretary Anne Flanigan, Historian Madison Guidie, Corresponding Secretary Meredith Morgan, Reporter Madison Kaempfe, Parliamentarian Mireya Lopez, and advisors James Kinder and Cheryl Sharples.