SINGAPORE - Four Holy Innocents' High School students were commended by a member of the public last week for their civic-mindedness after she saw how they "strategically planned" to remove a large trash bag that had fallen onto a road near their school.
The school put up the letter complimenting the boys on its Facebook page last Friday, and identified the "Good Samaritans" as Kevin Shoo, Hafiz B Rosli, Alphonzus Lim, Emmanuel Pang, all of whom are in Secondary 1.
The woman who witnessed their good deed wrote that she was sitting in a bus stop when she saw the trash bag that had fallen, possibly from a garbage truck, onto the second lane of Upper Serangoon Road.
She said in the letter that the trash bag might have posed as a hindrance and danger to motorists, but it did not occur to her to remove the trash bag as she had thought that someone else would take care of it.
She then wrote that she felt ashamed at what happened next: "I heard voices from behind me planning out loud that 'the road is clear and to sprint and grab the trash bag' (strategically planned, I must say. One was at the side looking out for cars and three of them carried the bag away). I didn't expect that it could be Lower Secondary students!"
The member of the public also sent photos of the incident to the school, to show that the road was clear after they took the trash bag to the rubbish bin beside the bus stop.
She wrote: "Their actions may be small and unseen by others but their integrity, moral uprightness and civic-mindedness are commendable and indeed, something that our youth these days could emulate. Good job, boys! And good job to the school for infusing good values to your students!"