Monday, December 20, 2010

Ysabelle's Pay it Forward

Part 1

Trevor's Social Studies teacher, Mr. Simonet, gave their class an assignment: "think of something to change the world and put it into action." Then Trevor came up with an idea- pay it forward. Paying it forward means repaying or thanking someone by doing an act of kindness to other people. This idea is like when you did something good to a person, that person will pay you back. Instead of paying you back, you can tell them to pay it forward. Do it to three people and tell them to pay it forward to three more people and so on. This idea of Trevor made the characters in the movie connected. Trevor was on television because of this idea. At the end of the movie, Trevor died for trying to help his friend who was being bullied. Many people mourned for him and send their condolences.

Part 2

My pay it forward act of kindness was babysitting. I babysat my neighbor's daughter, Alexa. I chose this act of kindness because I know that the people I helped really need someone to look after their daughter. They're always busy and I know that someone must look after their daughter. I helped my neighbor because no one will look after their daughter. I did this last Saturday( Dec. 18) because my neighbor had to go to work.In fact, my mom babysits this girl at weekdays but I told her that I'll babysit Alexa for free.

This is the girl I babysat. This picture was taken last Saturday, December 18.

Part 3

My act of kindness went well. I was able to take care of Alexa until her parents came to pick her up. Although babysitting sounds simple, I'm telling you, it's not as easy as you think. I had a hard time to make this girl eat, take a bath and brush her teeth. Besides that, she was always running and it was exhausting to find and catch her. But somehow, I felt happy because I know that this girl needed me to take care of her while her parents were away. I didn't ask the person to pay it forward. I didn't ask them to pay it forward because I think I forgot. Next time I'll do it again, I will ask them to pay it forward.

Part 4

The idea "Pay it Forward" is important because I think if every person will do an act of kindness and pay it forward, many lives of people will be changed.Some people do good because they want to receive something in return. If we overcome selfishness, I'm pretty sure it will create a very good change in our world. I think my act of kindness made a difference. I know it's just a small thing but when small things are combined, it will make a big difference.


  1. That's nice of you to babysit your neighbor's daughter. She looks adorable. I'm sure she'll be much appreciated on your act of kindness. Good job.

  2. That is very thoughtful of you to babysit your neighbor's daughter. They probably grateful that they got some time to themselves!

  3. Your neighbors are very lucky to have to as their neighbor, Ysabelle. They must really appreciate your act of kindness.

  4. Great Job Ysabelle, I'm pretty sure your neighbor was glad you were their to babysit the girl. I also agree that "small things combined can make a big difference".