SOUTH BERWICK, Maine — Children who find $100 on the side of the road might want to pocket the prize or splurge on something special, but one local third-grader decided to do something different.
Last Friday, Paige Dionne-Spencer and her classmates from Central School were walking through historical sites of downtown South Berwick. While on the field trip, Paige found a $100 bill on the ground next to a business on Main Street.
“At first I wanted to keep it,” Paige admitted Tuesday. “But my teacher and I decided it would be better to turn the money in to the police.”
Kathleen McDonnell, Paige’s teacher at Central School, brought the money to the police station and it was claimed within the hour.
In return, Paige was named the student of the week and her class was rewarded an ice cream party, compliments of her teacher.
“This isn’t the first time she has done something like this,” Britney Spencer, Paige’s mother, said Tuesday.
Two years ago while Christmas shopping with her Aunt in Massachusetts, Paige found $10 in a mall parking lot and dropped it in the Salvation Army bucket.
“My mom has taught me to be honest,” Paige said.
Some may say Paige’s acts of kindness have paid off, as she was recently awarded a four-year scholarship to attend Berwick Academy until the eighth grade.
“We took a chance and applied. She spent two days there touring the school, learning French and playing the violin,” Spencer said. “I told her it was a very expensive school and there may not be a chance of acceptance.”
A recent call from admissions at Berwick Academy informed Paige and her mother that the acceptance letter was waiting for them in the office.
“Every time I turn around this little girl is amazing me,” Paige’s mom said.
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