Some Ralston sixth-graders got a little extra support for their good work last week.
Students from all grades lined the sidewalk in front of Meadows Elementary School on Friday to cheer on sixth-graders participating in the grade’s second annual 5K.
Last year, students raised money for the Nebraska Humane Society. This year, they chose to donate the money they fundraised — $1,441 — to the Reid Adler Memorial Kindness Scholarship.
The scholarship is in memory of Reid Adler, who took his own life in January. Reid, 15, was the son of Ralston Public Schools Superintendent Mark Adler.
Choosing the scholarship fund was a logical choice for Meadows students since all of the Adler children have attended school there.
Mark Adler spoke with Meadows sixth-graders about Reid and gave them a pep talk before the 5K on Friday.
“Reid was a kid who just was friends with everybody,” Adler said. “I don’t think he had an enemy anywhere. He didn’t set out every day and say, ‘I’m going to be kind,’ he just was. That’s just how he was wired.”
The scholarships will be given to Ralston High School seniors who have exemplified generosity and kindness.
“We want to have his memory be something about kindness, giving and caring about others because that’s just what he did,” Adler said.