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Pay It Forward: Theresa Jones

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Uploaded on Mar 25, 2011

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI-FOX2now.com)— If you mention Theresa Jones' name around the hallways of the Washington School District, you're bound to get a lot of smiles. For years she's quietly made a big difference in the lives of countless kids.

A teacher at the Middle School is recognizing Theresa by Paying It Forward in a big way. For a low-key, hard-working middle school custodian. Theresa Jones has been getting a lot of attention lately, "she says it's her calling to take care of the kids." Making the front page of the Missourian, the local paper in Washington, Missouri. All the hub-bub is well-deserved.

Finally Theresa is being recognized for something she's done quietly for years: help needy kids. "She really understands what it means to be in middle school and feel accepted. But it's much more than just making them feel accepted. Theresa actually provides necessities to students everything from clothing to toiletries and just about everything in between. Even prom dresses. And now Theresa's colleagues are recognizing her with our $500 Pay It Forward award made possible by American Equity Mortgage.

The staff at Washington Middle School knows we're about the surprise. It's our first Pay It Forward to include a standing ovation. That's how much Theresa means to her co-workers. So what will she do with the money? It shouldn't be a surprise. An amazing, caring woman, Theresa Jones showing students and teachers alike what it means to Pay It Forward.

Theresa asked us to also mention the help she gets from her best friend Brenda Klinger. Together the work they do to help children is called "Jenny's Cause," named after one of their students who was killed in a car accident.

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