PITTSBURG — A good deed by a second grader at Meadowlark Elementary School did not go unnoticed.
On Sunday, Kansas State University running back Alex Barnes, a Pittsburg High School graduate, was leaving Hutchinson Field in Pittsburg when 8-year-old Kei’Antia Wilson noticed the sophomore athlete left behind his wallet.
Wilson shouted to Barnes to get his attention and brought the 6-foot, 1-inch, 220-pound, football player his wallet. Wilson said he just thought it was the right thing to do.
Barnes was so thankful for the second grader did, he gave him $10 out of his wallet. They also talked for awhile and Barnes said he found out he knows Wilson’s cousins.
Barnes wanted to do something special for Wilson and asked his mother, Jaimi Dodson, to bring Wilson his old K-State backpack. She delivered the purple-Nike backpack, marked with a No. 34 Alex Barnes badge, to Wilson on Monday.
“She said it was his old backpack and he wanted me to have it,” Wilson said.
Wilson said he is a bigger K-State fan now and, no surprise, his favorite player is No. 34.
— Michael Stavola is a staff writer at The Morning Sun. He can be emailed at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter @MichaelStavola1.