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June 10, 2013 at 7:47 AM

Given $1,000, students say they will pay it forward

BELLINGHAM (AP) — A panel of business people surprised a group of Bellingham High School students by giving them $1,000 — and the students plan to dispense the money in good cheer.

The Bellingham Herald reports that the local business people served as judges for a recent marketing class exercise in which students presented ideas for a new product. The judges were so impressed, they gave the students $1,000 to dispense in a way that would benefit the most people.

The students decided to take an approach similar to the 2000 movie “Pay It Forward,” in which a boy decides to do a good deed for three people, with the idea that they, in turn, will each do good deeds for three others.

So on Wednesday, the students plan to canvass downtown Bellingham, each with $30 to dispense. Ideas include buying coffee for other people in line  and handing out three snacks. Some of the money will be used to print cards explaining what the students are doing and encouraging the recipients to “pay it forward” themselves.

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