Two Frenship High School students honored for turning over lost money
Emmalee Keatley and Flor Ruelas were on their way to get a quick ice cream during their lunch break one day in January.
One of them saw a 20-dollar bill on the ground.
“And then we found another twenty,” Emmalee said.
Ultimately, the Frenship High School seniors found four twenties and a single hundred in the FHS parking lot.
Instead of pocketing the $180 for a shopping excursion, they went looking for Tim Carter, an assistant principal they knew would be on duty in the lunch room.
“We took it to Mr. Carter. We literally ran to Mr. Carter,” Flor said.
Emmalee said the girls both believed that if they had lost the money, they would want someone to turn it in.
“It made me feel good, I guess. My mom always loses money,” Flor said, adding that it would be nice if someone turned in that lost cash.
Carter nominated the two girls for the FHS Parent Teacher Student Association’s Acts of Kindness award, which is given monthly to students observed showing kindness with no expectation of reward.
Carter’s nomination states that the owner of the money, another student, was “distraught” about his loss, which was due for a payment that day.
“He was quite grateful for the money’s return,” Carter said.
The assistant principal said when he was a coach, he taught his athletes that character is defined as one who does the right thing even when no one is looking.
“These ladies exhibited great character through their actions today returning cash money when there was nobody watching,” Carter said. “We are blessed to have them as Tigers.”
Flor and Emmalee are both in auto tech and construction classes at FHS.
Emmalee said her dad talked her into taking auto tech.
“He said he’d pay my car insurance if I took it,” Emmalee said. She is considering attending South Plains College or Blinn College after graduation.
But Flor said she took auto tech because she was interested in working on cars.
“I’ve just always been a hands-on person,” she said.
Flor said she is unsure what she might do after she graduates this spring, but she is thinking about going into the automotive field.
Both girls also have jobs outside of being high school students. Emmalee works at Market Street, while Flor works at Pei Wei.
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