NORTH ROYALTON, OHIO (WOIO) - Sometimes teenagers are perceived to be into themselves, interested in things they shouldn't be doing. But some of "Romona's Kids" are proving they have a heart, and are doing great things to help people.
Brooklyn Barnes is a senior at North Royalton High School. She and her friends organized a project to do random acts of kindness for a whole month. "We went down to the Cleveland Police Mounted Unit and helped them clean out stalls," said Barnes, "we went down and we bought a homeless man a meal in downtown Cleveland, that was a really good one."
They also put inspirational notes in books at the library, took thank-you notes and treats to North Royalton Police headquarters, brought food to a local church's food pantry and ice cream sandwiches to residents at a nursing home.
They even donated blood at the Red Cross.
"I got a great experience out of it. She has helped me through a couple struggles sometimes, and she really is a big inspiration for me too," said friend Michael Zanoudakis.
"Basically, once you do something for someone, it kind of starts a chain reaction," said friend Noah Veiram. "So I think doing this, we kind of hope that we can start a chain reaction of kindness."
"I just feel like I'm so blessed and I have so many good people in my life, inspiring me to do good things. My parents try to raise me to do good, you do good and you get good. Making other people smile is like what I love to do and I just love helping other people," said Barnes.
One day in sophomore year - Brooke noticed math teacher Lisa Arvay was upset, and asked what was wrong.
"I said I lost my sister to breast cancer, and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is coming up, it's a tough time, and Brooke took it upon herself to raise $150 within two days of the race," said Arvay.
This year as a senior, Brooke went big, and raised $1100, surprising Arvay with the check.
"She's an activist for good, and I've never met a more unselfish or selfless person, in my life, adults and teenagers alike," said Arvay.
Brooklyn also helped revive an anti-bullying group, and created an anonymous twitter account called "NRHSKindness1" to send encouragement and kind words to fellow classmates.
"I felt that it put a positive air in the building. People at sporting events were saying be classy, be respectful, and that was coming from Brooke, her tweets," said Principal Mic Becerra.
And just this week - Brooke organized support for Brunswick High School students, in the wake of the suicides of two students, putting up ribbons and sending tweets of condolence and encouragement.
"I don't expect to change the whole world but as long as I'm impacting at least one person every day then I feel that my job is done," said Barnes.
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