FAIRCHILD, Wis. (WEAU) --
Every year 3 5th graders at Fairchild Elementary win A $50 dollar reward. Students use it for school supplies, clothes or anything they want.
But Friday night Dalton Frank donated his check to the Alexis Behlke memorial fund.
She's the 22-month-old child who died last month in Osseo. 22-year-old Amanda Butts has been charged in her death.
"What we're looking for above all is kindness, honesty, helpfulness, leadership," said Kayleen Rosman, a teacher in the district.
Those are some of the traits teacher look for every year when choosing three students at Fairchild Elementary School for a "good character" scholarship.
"We're not looking for that straight A student, we're looking for
the character traits, that's what's important," Rosman said.
And just like any year, three students were supposed to take home that award on Friday night, given in honor of a former teacher.
"I have two out of the three I think, the third one is kind of shy," Rosman said as she presented the awards.
Dalton Frank is that shy guy. He was not present at Friday's awards ceremony, but making his presence known by doing something his teacher has never seen before in her 27-year career, paying his whole scholarship forward to the Alexis Behlke Memorial Fund.
"They developed a memorial fund to give her a headstone and Dalton donated his $50 for the little girl's memorial fund," Rosman said.
But when Rosman heard that's what Dalton was going to do, she was surprised.
"It just fits right in with the kind of kid that he is, that he would do something like that," she said.
His aunt, Staci Edwards, was equally impressed.
"I just hope people can do kind acts like this, it took a 12-year-old little boy to step up to the plate, I hope everyone could follow in his shoes," Edwards said.
You could say Friday night was all about teaching character in Fairchild. Students from the elementary school performed a play called "character counts" before the awards were handed out.
It was a show with many lessons to be learned. And as we saw Friday night, sometimes actions speak louder than words.
We did get in touch with Dalton's mom. She says she's a single mom and Dalton is one of four kids. She says they have what they need but don't always get what they want. When Dalton told her he wanted to this it brought her tears because there are so many things he wanted but instead opted to help Alexis Behlke's family.
Laura Borgelt, Alexis' mom says, "I think it is an amazing gesture and gift to give. The first time I read what he wanted to do I cried because for a stranger let alone a 12 year old boy to do this for my daughter warms my heart and shows me that there is hope of good people out there in the world. Thank you Dalton from the bottom of my heart. The boys and I send our love to you and your family for this."
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