Student of Month helps neighbors

Dylan Woods is Student of the Month for February, 2015. / Photo submitted

By Rachel Teseneer
Times-News correspondent

   It takes a special kind of heart to selflessly help others without any encouragement to do so. February’s Student of the Month, Dylan Woods, has such a heart. Woods, a sixth-grader at Western Alamance Middle School, has spent his mornings before school for the last six months, helping out his elderly neighbors, Cleo Slaughter and her husband, Ted, in Elon.
Cleo Slaughter, who nominated Woods, described him as helpful and polite.
“He brings our paper to our house every morning before he gets on the bus,” Slaughter said. “Dylan has never been asked to do so. He just takes it upon himself to help out.
Woods, the youngest of five children, not only brings the Slaughters their paper, but helps with their trash and groceries as well.
   “He’s always been that way,” says his mother, Sue Woods. “He’s just a big helper.”
Apart from helping his neighbors, Woods also enjoys spending time with his siblings, and in his spare time works on building a clubhouse in his backyard.
The Woods family has not lived in the area for very long, and already young Woods is exhibiting a desire to reach out to and help others. Well-liked at school and on the honor role, he sets a good example at an early age: Work hard and always find time to help others. Sometimes, the simplest actions have the biggest impact.

 Rachel Teseneer is a junior home-schooler and a Teens & Twenties writer.


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