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Editorial: Students’ gifts mean a lot

A gift is a beautiful thing, especially when it’s made selflessly and with no regard for being rewarded.

But the good works of 27 Albuquerque Public Schools seniors – out of more than 120 who were nominated – has been rewarded with recognition. They are this year’s Selfless Seniors.

The APS Foundation has recognized the 27, chosen by a committee of community members, for their charitable deeds, which range from volunteering in children’s hospital wards to putting a smile on someone else’s face with an act of kindness.

The students and their portraits, a gift to them from Albuquerque photographer Frank Frost, were featured in Tuesday’s Albuquerque Journal Education page.

Copies of the photos hang on the walls of the district’s high schools, at community businesses and at the Albuquerque International Sunport. Frost, who sponsors the event and donates his time to create the portraits, exemplifies the spirit of the awards. These students – and the others who were nominated – exemplify what living the Golden Rule can mean.

Congratulations, Selfless Seniors. Albuquerque is a better place for having you in our community.

This editorial first appeared in the Albuquerque Journal. It was written by members of the editorial board and is unsigned as it represents the opinion of the newspaper rather than the writers.