Mr. Hartzell returns to Atwood

Mr. Hartzell standing next to the water fountain we purchased with his generous donation.

Atwood benefactor, Mr. Hartzell of Ocean City New Jersey, stopped by the school yesterday and delivered a tin of Johnson’s famous caramel corn to every classroom. The students were thrilled to see him. The second graders serenaded him with the Maine Christmas song and Mrs. Dean’s class sang “Count on Me.”

This past spring, Keith Hartzell, a regional sales manager for Von Drehle Corp and an Ocean City Councilman, was installing toilet paper dispensers at the school when he noticed something different about Atwood students. Every student he met was friendly, kind, and polite.

Hartzell was so impressed with the students, that he sought out Principal Jennifer McGee and pledged to donate $1000 to Atwood Primary every year until the last of these students graduate high school.

Since then, Mr. Hartzell (pictured above by the water fountain purchased with his generous donation) and the students have kept up a healthy correspondence of kindness that has brought a lot of joy to both Hartzell and the Atwood Primary Community.

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