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March 2021 Jefferson Award: Cheryl Goetsch

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Cheryl Goetsch

WESTON, Wis. (WAOW) — Our Jefferson Award honoree for the month of March is Cheryl Goetsch.

She is the founder of Be Amazing.

"Kindness matters," Cheryl Goetsch said. "Our mission is to inspire and enable people in the community to do community service."

The group got its start in 2017, after a deadly shooting left four people dead in the Wausau metro area.

At the time, she was a 5th grade teacher.

She set out to inspire her students to do acts of kindness.

Four years later, the non-profit continues to grow with 13 school-based clubs in Marathon County.

"Many of those groups get to decide who it is they want to help and design a project to help that project or individual," Goetsch says.

Sherri Dowdle has been volunteering with the group since her son was in Goetsch's class.

"She really has a heart she wants to share," Sherri Dowdle said. "A piece of her heart goes with all the different organizations and events that are happening."

The list of organizations and events is long, but it may include a fall festival, ice cream social or providing holiday gift bags for area seniors.

And the backing of an area foundation and dozens of businesses provides support for the volunteer organization.

On March 11, Be Amazing will hold a Dine Out event.

"We have 17 restaurants involved this year and they will donate a percentage of their sales for that day," Goetsch explains.

The money raised allows this volunteer group of children and adults to continue spreading kindness.

"More people are developing a mindset of how important it is to think about others, think positive thoughts and about what you can do to make a difference in your community," Goetsch said.