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What the World Needs Now

Talking to the Mehok twins is like talking to the very best and brightest hope for the future.  The two young men, James and John, are both 1st graders at Jane Ball Elementary School.  They also have a special mission during their lunch hour, every single day.  The two brothers each take a tray station at the school and ensure that lunch trays are stacked properly and in place before they leave for recess.

“Last year, when they were in kindergarten, I asked if anyone would like to stand and make sure the trays get stacked properly,” said Cafeteria Supervisor, Judy Havran.  “They both raised their hands and all year long they took turns.  This year we are doing tray drop off in two areas and the boys asked if they could do it again,” she added.  Mrs. Havran refers to them as two very nice boys who are as helpful as they are adorable.  “I just love those boys.  I’ve never had kids be that helpful when they’re that young.  Their Mom is very lucky to have two such great boys.  I’ve never met her, but she is certainly doing something right.  Always please and thank you, you can tell they are being raised very well,” explained Mrs. Havran.

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John Mehok helps a classmate with his tray.

Jessica Mehok was pleased to learn that her boys reflect the examples that are set at home. In addition to twin sons, the Mehoks have two daughters, Julia a 7th grader and Jenna, a 5th grader at Hanover Central Middle School. “I think it’s important to set a good example for my children and we try to teach them how important it is to help people,” she said.  The entire family is active in the community as members of Bethel Church in Cedar Lake.  With little reservation, the stay at home Mom listened quietly as her articulate sons answered questions about why they enjoy being helpful at their school. 

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James Mehok stands by to help a classmate.  

John will tell you that he volunteered to handle the task because, “I thought it would be fun!”  It is his brother James quickly agreed, noting he believes “we help 20 or 30 kids every day.”  Both brothers agree that the trays need stacking because; “the kids are in too big a hurry to go to recess.”  Through much of our conversation, the boys answered in tandem, but there wasn’t quite a consensus on whether or not their helping takes time from their recess.  “I don’t think it does,” said John, as he explained; “There is always one of our recess aides who is coming across the parking lot when we get outside, and we can catch up!” 

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Each and every day John is at his post to be kind and to help.

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James pushes the trays through the window where Mrs. Havran waits for them. 

The brothers are also not identical when it comes to their hopes and dreams for the future.  When asked what he wanted to be when he grew up James exclaimed quickly, “I don’t know!”  John was more concrete about his future plans.  “I want to be one of the officers like the one at our school,”  he said. John and his helpful nature would make him an exceedingly good School Resource Officer and we have no doubt James will discover an equally helpful occupation in his future. 

“They are both great boys, and are always willing to pitch in,” said their teacher Cindy Speichert, adding, “both are very inquisitive, and they get along with everyone.”   The world needs a little kindness and helpfulness right now and James and John are the quintessential definition of both qualities.  Thank you boys!