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Old 02-15-2006, 09:02 AM   #1
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A 12 Year Old Boy's Selflessness

As much as I hate to post this because it involves the Yankees

Seriously, that is impressive. How many adults would do something like that? Nice to see it rewarded too, good on you George Steinbrenner (it really killed me to type that )

Boy rewarded for his charity to save school

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (AP) -- A 12-year-old Arkansas boy's decision to sacrifice a chance to see his favorite baseball team and donate his $1,000 savings instead to help keep his school open has earned him a trip to New York.

The act of selflessness caught the attention of the Yankees owner George Steinbrenner who wrote to Jonathan Farrar and offered him a personal tour of Yankee Stadium and time on the field during batting practice.

His charity also paid off for Pleasant Plains schools. On Monday, Arkansas' Board of Education voted against merging the Midland School District into surrounding districts after townspeople raised $400,000 to cover a projected budget shortfall.

"Jonathan, I couldn't be more proud of you," wrote Steinbrenner, who also replaced the boy's $1,000. "I agree with you when you said, 'The New York Yankees are important to me, but my school is more important.' You're absolutely right and it takes quite a man to give up his personal dream for a higher purpose."

Jonathan said that the Steinbrenner letter was exciting, but not nearly as thrilling as hearing his school district would remain intact.

"I love the Yankees. The Yankees are my main love in life," said Jonathan, who hopes to become a professional baseball player. "Yankee Stadium sounds great, but going to another school district didn't sound good to me at all."

The boy's mother, who had helped organize the fundraising efforts, said her son had approached her about the donation.

"I told him he really needed to think about this and pray about it," Lea Ramsey said. "He told me that he just thought this was the right thing to do."

Steinbrenner said through a spokesman that he looked forward to meeting Jonathan.

"We're going to honor him and welcome him," said Yankees spokesman Howard J. Rubenstein. "We're going to give him a New York Yankees welcome."

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That's a really cool story.

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Thanks for posting - I will share it with my children.
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That really is a very sweet and inspirational story. I'm sure the world has not seen the last of this 12 year old! What a kid! His parents must be sooo proud!
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Very cool story. It's always great to hear about kids who are rewarded for doing something that benefits others.
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There is still good in this world.

Thank you for posting this story, MrsSpringsteen!
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Very cool story, thanks for posting it!
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Cool story. Made me smile.

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