• Bradley student rewarded for acts of kindness

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  • Katie Peterson | Staff Writer
    A Bradley Elementary School student has been named Kansas City’s Kind Kid of the Month.
    January’s Kind Kid of the Month is Piper Dillon, a fourth-grader at Bradley.
    Every day there are new stories in the media about children being bullied in school and the repercussions, which is why Kansas City country music radio station Q104 partnered with Commerce Bank to launch its Kind Kid of the Month contest in September 2018.
    “This started just by wanting to be proactive about kindness and really just finding ways to pump it up, make being kind extra awesome and show kids that being kind can get you a little further, maybe get you a little bit more,” said Ali Tuggle, Q104 midday show host. “Being kind can really make someone’s day and even change their life.”
    Tuggle presented Piper with a gift certificate for a class pizza party from Papa John’s and a gift certificate for donuts from Duck Donuts, and Bill Petrie, Commerce Community Bank president, presented her with a $250 scholarship Jan. 29 in Bradley’s auditorium in front of her classmates.
    “Thank you for being so kind and being such a good example for not only students, but also adults,” Petrie told Piper.
    “We think it is very important that students do show kindness,” he said. “We think it is very important for our future, and we want to be behind it and help fund it.”
    Shaylee Henning, promotions director for Steel City Media and head of the Kind Kid of the Month selection committee, said Piper stood out.
    “Piper sounds like the kind of kid who doesn’t just talk about being kind, but truly exemplifies it,” Henning said. “To me, being able to help others without expecting any kind of reward shows her character and that she is mature beyond her years.”
    Lesley Dillon, Piper’s mom, said her daughter works hard to be friends with everyone.
    “She’s an includer. One of her favorite things to do at school is to help the international students who don’t speak English,” Dillon said. “She’s kind of taken it upon herself to help with their assignments, and they sit beside her in class, and she did that all on her own. She’s quite extraordinary.
    “The No. 1 rule in our house has always been, ‘Be kind to one another above everything else.’ It got grilled into them since they were toddlers,” she said. “I am so proud of her.”
    Piper was nominated for the award by her teacher, Ally Jackson.
    Page 2 of 2 - “I nominated Piper because when we were talking about kindness in class, I asked students to share examples of when someone was kind to them. Several students raised their hands and shared a story about Piper,” Jackson said. “Piper is a tremendous role-model to those around her. I am so glad that her kindness is being recognized.”
    Piper said she was shocked when she realized she was receiving the award.
    “I try to be kind because it makes people feel comfortable,” she said, “and it makes people feel happy.”
    Lesley Dillon said the recognition couldn’t have come at a better time for Piper since her dad, Maj. James Dillon, is currently on a 12-month unaccompanied tour in Korea.
    “This has been a hard year for her,” Dillon said. “So, for her to receive an award like this during this particular year is quite amazing to me.”
    Jackson said she hopes all the students learn the importance of being kind.
    “I hope that other students learn that kindness does not go unnoticed,” Jackson said. “I did not tell students about the nominations because I wanted them to be kind for the purpose of being kind, not just for an award.
    “Our No. 1 class rule has always been, ‘Be kind,’” she said. “I hope they carry this rule with them throughout their entire lives.”
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