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11/25/2013 6:00:00 AM
Kingman students 'adopt' a woman in need
SUZANNE ADAMS-OCKRASSA/Miner
Lee Williams High School students gather around a needy woman they helped.
SUZANNE ADAMS-OCKRASSA/Miner
Lee Williams High School students gather around a needy woman they helped.

Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa
Miner Staff Reporter


KINGMAN - A group of eight Lee Williams High School students are living up to their school's mascot - the Volunteers - after collecting and donating more than $125 in change to a woman in need.

Elyse Torres was one of the eight students who collected the money.

"Our (physical education) teacher, Mr. (Eugene) Kramer, and his daughter (Kenadee) drive to school every morning and they saw this lady sitting on the steps to (Metcalfe) park," Torres said. "They brought her some coffee and breakfast."

When the Kramers told Torres and the other students - Cassie Finkbiener, Tiffany Rudd, Sidney Clark, Holly McFadyen, Taylor Gordon and Carmen Asplin - about the woman, the students started asking their friends to donate pocket change to give to the woman.

"In about 20 minutes we had collected around $127," Torres said.

The other students were more than willing to give the money, once they found out to whom it was going, Torres said.

The eight students, Principal Gretchen Dorner and another adult approached the woman with the donation.

"The students made her smile and spent a few minutes just talking with her," Dorner said. "She had been sitting there for two days waiting for her husband to come from Bullhead. She had no money, and no place to go. We let her know that we were there for her should she need help connecting with local resources.

"(The students) learned that being homeless doesn't mean there is necessarily something wrong with you. It means there is something wrong with your situation and life can be hard," Dorner said. "Learning happens inside and outside the school walls."

Eugene Kramer agreed with Dorner.

"It is a great example of the students here at Lee Williams and their commitment to strive to be the best," he said. "The kids have a big heart and just wanted to help someone in need."

"It was just the right thing to do," Torres said. "Our whole school is about helping others. We're the volunteers. That's what we do."



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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, November 29, 2013
Article comment by: Not Given

Diana's House is the shelter for homeless women in Kingman. It is associated with the Cornerstone Mission, but is not at the same location.

Posted: Thursday, November 28, 2013
Article comment by: joker wilde

Way to go kids! Pay no attention to the cold-heated post from an obviously embittered person. You did a good thing and you should be commended, not criticized.

Posted: Thursday, November 28, 2013
Article comment by: Mr. Winney

I had the privilege to have most of these students in class at KAOL MS. I am so proud of you girls for stepping up and doing the right thing when you see someone in need. Way to go!!!

Mr. Winney-Tucson Az.


Posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Article comment by: Not Surprised

I am not surprised by this at all. Knowing Mrs. Dorner and her generous nature, these students are reflecting what they see from their teachers and principal. KUSD is lucky to have people in their schools like Mrs. Dorner and Mr. Kramer

Posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Article comment by: Linda Athens

Anne Joe:

What a nice act you did also. Most would have just ignored him. Your Christian love is showing through. We'll pray the man is all right. A lot of times, people are homeless due to bad decisions they make in life.

Having worked with a Christian Men's home and other entities that went with it, I know a lot of homeless people won't go into shelters and prefer staying homeless because there are no strings attached and no responsibilities to face.

Sounds heartless but I found it to be true many times over. All too many are addicts and boozing and drugs aren't allowed in shelters.

Noone likes to ever see homeless women and we pray this lady got her ride and got somewhere to safety.


Posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Article comment by: Joanna Pena

Way to go Volunteers!! Your parents should be so proud just as you made the community proud. Thank you Coach Kramer and Principal Dorner for helping to instill such great values in our youth.

Posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Article comment by: Amaryllis Smith

These kids certainly let the light of God shine through. There are loving, kind and caring youth in this city and across the nation.
They did a very conscience act by going to the adults and having their assistance in interacting with this woman.
I say good for them congratulations to them for being smart and safe in that action also.

And why turn this wonderful story into a political issue?? that is unnecessary and demeaning to everyone who does an act of kindness!


Posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Article comment by: Just J

@Ellen Haggart why do you try and spoil a good thing? What these kids and this teacher did was AWESOME! A beautiful heart warming story. I applaud all of them for their generosity and they will be blessed. I only wish there were more people in the world like this, our world would be a better place to live if there were. Way to go kids and staff at Lee Williams!

Posted: Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Article comment by: What the??

@ concerned:

Cornerstone Mission doesnt shelter women but they DO provide food though.
They only shelter men for a very limited time and they can only shelter so many at a time. When i worked for the Salvation Army, we always referred people to the Cornerstone for them only to return saying they dont shelter women and they only shelter a limited amount of men at any given time.


Posted: Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Article comment by: anonymous anonymous

One see's the homeless every where one goes in America, sometimes they are treated with kindness and sometimes not, sadly in the richest nation in the entire world we cannot seem to solve this problem at home but go abroad and try and settle everyone else's problems when we have tons to do at home!

Posted: Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Article comment by: Anne Joe

11/26/13 there was a 30 year old young man by the name of "Anthony" sleeping on a metal bench on the walkway on Stockton hill road next to the interstate. He says he's been in Kingman 3 months from California and has no idea how he got here. He told me he has a head injury that prevents him from remembering things. I offered to call him a shelter or relative but he refused. All I could do was leave him a cup of coffee and food.

Posted: Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Article comment by: concerned concerned

Perhaps someone should refer her or take her to Cornerstone Mission where they help men and women in need and offer a place to stay and she can get food and clothing and shelter.

Posted: Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Article comment by: Tim Kowalski

Awesome feel good story, good job.

Posted: Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Article comment by: Linda Athens

Wonder what this woman's circumstances are that she ended up on a park step.

The Bible says "if there be first a willing spirit..." and these young people certainly had that no matter what brought the woman to this point in her life. Their helping hand may just do more for her than put a little money in her pocket.

God bless you students! Lee Williams would have been proud of you.


Posted: Monday, November 25, 2013
Article comment by: Linda H.

I hope they all receive many good things coming their way for this good deed! If everyone was this kind and thoughtful, what a wonderful world this would be.

Posted: Monday, November 25, 2013
Article comment by: Kristi Turman

Great job Mr. Kramer to setting such a great example for our youth and inspiring them! This is the type of life altering experiences that will help them become more community minded as they grow into our future community leaders!

Posted: Monday, November 25, 2013
Article comment by: LJ Red

Blessings to all of you!

Posted: Monday, November 25, 2013
Article comment by: Ellen Haggart

They must be Democrats.

Posted: Monday, November 25, 2013
Article comment by: fellow coach lucky

Coach K is more than a great person. My wife told me what he did for this lady and I wanted to write into the paper anonymously and let the cite of kingman know how great of a person Kramer is!! He is an example of what a coach and most importantly an educator should be!!! If we all modeled ourselves after this man, the world would be a much better place!! Putting sports aside, he can educate my kids in the classroom cause I know then they will succeed in life

Posted: Monday, November 25, 2013
Article comment by: Chris Chris

Though times I become synical about today's youth, this story give me hope. I truly hope that more children will begin to show this type of selflessness and caring. Imagine what a great world we would live in

Posted: Monday, November 25, 2013
Article comment by: How Sweet

Awesome read! These students did a wonderful thing for someone in need. I find that to be the nicest thing. They should be rewarded somehow for their kindness. Including the students that gave change for the woman.

Posted: Monday, November 25, 2013
Article comment by: Kingman High Students Are Learning All the Right Things

Wow. What a great bunch of young people. It's very encouraging to know the next generation is concerned about more than music videos, gameboys, cell phones, greed, and what's in it for me. Congratulations.

Posted: Monday, November 25, 2013
Article comment by: anonymous anonymous

Heart warming story, makes one reassured mankind is not hopeless, if more folks did this we might see a better America! Unfortunately many turn their eyes, imagine the person as lazy, shiftless deserving of their situation or poverty! I am reminded of the old saying "but for the grace of god there go I"!



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