In October 2014, Kristina’s younger sister, Katie Amodei, died in a car accident. After her sister passed away, Kristina found some money in Katie’s wallet. Katie had spent so much of her young life dedicated to aiding those in need. Therefore, Kristina knew the money needed to help others, but donating to a random charity didn’t feel right.
Kristina held onto the money and slowly contributed to it. Finally, by Christmas of 2018, she had enough to do something that would be meaningful. The day before winter break, Kristina told her students that she had a special project for them. She told them about her sister and the money, and then handed each student a $20 bill. She explained that there one stipulation: They had to use it to help someone in need or to do a random act of kindness.
While the students could have easily spent the money over the school break, they were passionate about meeting Mrs. Ulmer’s challenge. Some donated to charities that were important to them, some gave back to others in the community, and some just did things to bring a smile to a stranger’s face.