Rewarding students with a jump-start on life

IDENTIFYING ‘GOOD KIDS’: Norman Kelly, Metta Students Foundation founder, with Blanca Colato, left, and Justin Crespo, who received $1,000 grants from the nonprofit for engaging in an “act of kindness.” / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
IDENTIFYING ‘GOOD KIDS’: Norman Kelly, Metta Students Foundation founder, with Blanca Colato, left, and Justin Crespo, who received $1,000 grants from the nonprofit for engaging in an “act of kindness.” / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
When businessman Norman Kelly set up the Metta Students Foundation in 2012 to reward students for showing compassion to others, he didn’t expect the program would identify high-achievers. Fast forward to December 2014, and the awarding of the 19th and 20th $1,000 grants, and Kelly has noticed just that: the winners, to date, tend to…
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