This week, McAdam High School students are taking part in "Pay It Forward" week in honour of the late Rebecca Schofield.
On Monday, students introduced "Change for Change" by bringing in coins to fundraise for Lakeland, the local food bank, secondhand store and job aid centre in order to help the community organization recover from a recent fire. On Tuesday, students will bring food items for the food bank. On Wednesday, they will bring in toiletry supplies for Fredericton area transition homes. On Thursday, a dance will be held with all funds raised for a local cancer patient. On Friday, several activities will be held, including face painting and pie-throwing, to also support the cause.
The New Brunswick Legislature recently proclaimed Sept. 16 Becca Schofield Day in honour of the Riverview teen, who inspired people around the world with her campaign to perform random acts of kindness.
Becca first made headlines when she made a "bucket list" after learning her cancer was terminal. One item on the list was to persuade people to perform acts of kindness and to share them through social media, either by posting on her Facebook page Becca's Battle with Butterscotch or tweeting using #BeccaToldMeTo.
After that, the phenomena of doing random acts of kindness caught on worldwide with hundreds of people posting their good deeds in honour of Becca. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also signed a certificate naming Becca an "honorary emerging leader."