PITTSBURG — Customers at the Pittsburg Sonic Drive-in had their meals paid for by the Frontenac Dollar Club on Saturday.
The students spent $100 on meals, which paid for 40 meals and an extra $120 was given to a server at Sonic as tip.

The Frontenac Dollar Club does various acts of kindness throughout the year and is led by Frontenac Technology Educator Eric Gudde.

Gudde said the group went to Sonic to pay it forward to the community and give the customers an uplifting experience — all of which was a learning opportunity for the group members.

“I believe they need to learn the importance of giving back to community,” he said.

With smiles on their faces, members walked up to the customers’ cars to let them know their meal had been paid for. Many of the group members received tips, which allowed them to buy more meals for customers.

One of the customers who had her drink paid for was so happy it brought her to tears, she said.

“They are doing a great thing paying it forward,” Monica Hatfield-Blake said. “They have no idea how much they touched my heart.”

In the past, the group gave gift cards, paid for people's’ groceries and meals. Soon they will team up with elementary students, and will focus on acts of giving within the school.
Students are also encouraged do random acts of kindness on their own outside the group too. When finished with their acts of kindness they give out a special business card, which says the group’s motto “Be kind, give generously” and leads people to the group’s Facebook page.  

The students raise money for the random acts of kindness through their monthly $1 membership fees. The club is also partnered with the RAIDER Ink and the RAIDER Relief Charity.

The club this year is at an all-time high of about 50 to 60 members. This time last year, there were only about 15 members.

Gudde said he hopes the students will learn to give back to the community as a student and then as an adult continue their acts of kindness.
During the event the group recorded their experience which is now available for viewing on YouTube called Sonic RAK - Frontenac High School Dollar Club.

— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.