Photo (L-R) – Back Row: (Bradley’s teacher) Adam Hiscock, Julie Kellett – Darling Insurance Omemee office, Principal Carrie Pilgrim, Brad Malcolm Sr (Brad’s dad), Hunter Malcolm, Matthew Malcolm, April Kids With Class winner Brad Malcolm, Leanne Malcolm (Brad’s Mom), Marie Garrison (Brad’s great grandmother), Caroline Murray (Brad’s grandmother), Wayne Murray (Brad’s grandfather).
Front Row: Catherine Hanrahan, Pete Dalliday – Fresh Mornings.
Nominated by: Leanne Malcolm
I heard about your contest this morning as I was driving to work and immediately got butterflies in my stomach. My son Bradley does so many kind things for others, I thought that entering him in the contest would be a way of showing him how valued and appreciated he is. Bradley is 12 years old and attends school in Omemee. Last year his younger brother started his first year at Scott Young P.S, (this school is for grades 4-8), and it was a big change for his younger brother. Due to many cutbacks to the schools, there was no extra supervision for lunch breaks in the classroom, the teachers do a fabulous job but are a bit overwhelmed with staff shortages so lunchtime shenanigans sometimes go without adequate supervision. Bradley’s little brother Matthew found the lunchtime chaos and inappropriate behavior overwhelming and would come home everyday distraught and anxious. After realizing there was not much that could be done, Bradley took it upon himself and walked into Matthews classroom one lunch hour and announced he was there to lunch monitor, he spent every lunch hour with the younger class to make sure his brother and the other kids felt comfortable. He did this EVERY lunch hour for the whole year. We never had another tear from Matthew, and Bradley never complained once. Some of Bradley’s friends would join him to help out too. Bradley also participates every year in fundraising for the cancer society by shaving his head for donations. He does this in memory of our Aunt Kathy who lost her battle 2 years ago. The first year Bradley participated he raised more money himself than his whole school put together. We video taped that first year he shaved his head and were able to share the video with Aunt Kathy a few months before we lost her. She watched the video all the time, it gave her a lot of joy! Bradley also participates each year in the MS walk to support his very good friends dad who battles MS. When Bradley isn’t busy earning academic excellence at school he keeps busy on the soccer team, he is a proud member of the 1st Omemee Scout Troop, babysitting in our neighborhood, and playing saxophone and drums in the school band. His goal is to earn himself some money to buy a drum set or electric violin. These are just a few examples of why I believe Bradley to be a great candidate for “Kids With Class”.. Even if he doesn’t win, we just want to put it out there that we think he is someone we are extremely proud of, and his hard work and big heart is appreciated by many!