Oprah Winfrey has helped make paying it forward popular and now a Rhode Island teen's act of kindness has led to the creation of the Metta Students
Foundation. Metta means love, compassion, kindness, empathy, and caring and now the Metta Students Foundation will honor high school students who share
metta by giving them one thousand dollars. Founder Norm Kelly decided to create the Metta Students Foundation after learning of the inspiring story
of Stephen and Tayler
Stephen Carroll of Johnston, RI has lived his life in a wheelchair, born with Cerebral Palsy. His family raised him to be independent and through
the years Stephen has overcome many obstacles. Come senior year he wanted to go to his prom but it looked like that would be one obstacle to get
in his way.
But when 16 year old Tayler Boardman-Kelly a junior from North Providence, RI heard that Stephen had no one to go with she wanted to be his prom date.
“I worked at Stephen's school and asked some of girls to see if they would include Stephen in their group,” says Kaolin Boardman, “but no one came
forward, disappointed I shared that with my family and without hesitation my daughter said she wanted to go with Stephen.”
“I thought about how I had just gone to my prom,” Tayler tells this Examier, “and how much fun it was and how I would have absolutely hated it if
I didn’t go.”
If you ask Tayler she will say her gesture is not a big deal, but this act of metta went viral. When students at Stephen's school found out
he was going to prom, they became inspired and spread even more metta. Unbeknownst to Stephen they created the Stephen Nation Twitter account urging
fellow students to nominate Stephen Prom King. Nearly everyone voted for Stephen.
“Prom night was the best night of my life,” says Stephen, “the whole senior class was chanting my name, it was a moment I will never forget.”
Hug it out as long as it takes, people
"People were created to be loved
things were created to be used.
The reason why the world is in chaos is because things are being loved, and people are being used."
"יברכך ה' וישמרך,יאר ה' פניו אליך ויחונך,ישא ה' פניו אליך וישם לך שלום"