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Security officer goes above and beyond for some special students at Mount Vernon High School

Mount Vernon High School’s philosophy is building community, cultivating character and inspiring excellence. Security officer Nikki May is doing just that.  
 
May surprised three students — Ashya Lewis, Rebekah Melendez and Jaden Rivas — with gifts just in time for the holidays. She gave Melendez and Rivas holiday gift bags filled with food and a $50 Food Bazaar Supermarket gift card. Lewis received a $100 gift card and Edible Arrangements.   
 
When asked why she did this May said, “for just always being so sweet, kind, and respectful to their fellow students and school staff.” 
 
Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships. Thanksgiving is one of the most beautiful and important times of the year because it represents just that.   
 
“She is awesome for her willingness to go above and beyond to create Thanksgiving memories for our students that exemplify the truest meaning of holiday spirit,” said Nakia Hiland, parent liaison.