Butterfly Effect takes flight at Dickson Middle School
The Butterfly Effect has continued to receive national attention since this year when Chris Rosati, of Durham, N.C., gave two girls he saw at a restaurant $50 each and asked that they do something kind with the cash.Dickson Middle School students and teams of students were chosen to receive $100 to do good deeds in the community and test out the “Butterfly Effect.”
Rosati has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a disease that is slowing down his body, and looks for ways to make the world a better place, largely through a charity organization he runs.
The two girls, ages 13 and 10, sent the money to a village in Sierra Leone for a feast. The village then took a photo with signs showing their thanks — the signs said “Thank you Chris Rosati” — and emailed it to Rosati.
He realized that small acts of kindness could spread and grow.
The Butterfly Effect saying goes: “An act as small as a butterfly flapping its wings can strengthen and even form a hurricane, and an act of kindness, no matter how small, can create ripples that spread farther than we could ever guess.”
On Sept. 18, Dickson Middle art teacher Lisa Moore launched a Butterfly Effect program of her own. An anonymous donor provided $1,000 whereby 10 students or teams of students could use the $100 to do something kind. Students submitted grant proposals and the following were chosen:
Buddy Bench Project
Matt Roberts and Jack Dawson
The buddy bench is a simple idea to eliminate loneliness and foster friendship on the playground. Let’s spread the message of inclusion and kindness. It will built on an elementary playground and if a child needs someone to play with they sit on the bench and someone will come and play with them.
Ethen wants to use the money to donate and help him buy a few products to promote Lupus awareness throughout the community.
Keeping Homeless Warm
Alton Hayes, Jasper Halbrooks, Jeren Ferguson, and Collin Jameson
Buying blankets and McDonalds food cards to distribute to the homeless in our community.
Pastries for Pets
Lucy Potter and Allie Potter
Creating delicious pastries to raise money and awareness of Proverbs 12:10 animal rescue.
Montana Heggie and Alyssa Beasley
Sending blankets, toys, and movies to the children at St. Jude’s.
Soles 4 Souls
Purchasing shoes for the Soles 4 Souls charity that distributes shoes to children throughout the world.
Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital
Provide toys for children and items for hospitalized teens to brighten their day.
Half of the grant money will be used to purchase gift cards to give to patients at Sarah Cannon Chemo Center The remaining money will be used to brighten the day of a patient at the NHC nursing home.
Miles of Smiles
Grant money will be used to purchase art supplies, cameras and homemade cards for patients at St. Jude’s.
Nurse’s Little Helpers
Elizabeth Reid, Maggie Jones, and Kenzie Faulkner
Grant money will be used to purchase gas and food gift cards to distribute to parents with children at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.
It’s a Wonderful Life
Katlyn Smith, Jada Davidson, Rylee Moore, Aliyah Edmondson
Host a celebration of strength, faith, and hope at one of our county nursing homes.
Heart for Malawi
The money will be used to provide meals for 10 families for 1 month in the African nation of Malawi.