Way 2 Be Kind: Surprise for Broken Arrow Principal's Secretary

Jonna Kelley making an impact at childhood center
Posted at 5:42 AM, Feb 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-17 14:10:21-05

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. — February 17 is Random Acts of Kindness Day, and this year, 2 Works for You has partnered with Osage Casino Hotel to pay it forward in the community.

We surprised Jonna Kelley, a principal's secretary in Broken Arrow, with a $50 gift certificate and balloons for her hard work. The staff and teachers at Arrow Springs Early Childhood Center (ASECC) say she does a lot for the school.

"I think she keeps the school going. She's very sweet. She's very kind," said Sweta Mahapatra, a special education teacher.

The school's principal Debbie McClellan also described Kelley as someone who goes above and beyond, such as helping coordinate volunteer moms, taking care of different projects and helping teachers get absences covered.

Kelley is very humble though, she doesn't see the impact she's having.

"I'm not even that good at my work! I always start with 'If I was a good secretary,'" said Kelley with a sense of humor.

She said the past few years haven't been easy for her and her family.

"I lost my husband about four years ago, so I'm a single mom, and I have one in college, and one in elementary, so it's very hard," said Kelley.

However, the support she receives from the staff and teachers at ASECC keeps her spirits up.

"Every time I dip low, somebody reaches out and brings me back," shared Kelley, "I love these people."

Just like Kelley, you can also make someone's day on this Random Acts of Kindness Day. It started in 1995 in Denver, and it has spread internationally.

A simple compliment to a stranger or coworker, opening the door for someone, treating someone to coffee and providing a listening ear are all examples of how you can give back.

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