Bill Locher, a Rotary Club of Johnstown member, presents kindergarten teacher Regina Skufca with a $300 donation so she can continue supporting activities for her class at West Side Elementary School.

A Johnstown Rotarian who admires teachers for going beyond what is expected is showing how much that extra effort is appreciated.

Bill Locher, a member of the Rotary Club of Johnstown, recently donated $300 to Regina Skufca so that Skufca could continue supporting activities for the children in her kindergarten class at West Side Elementary School.

The Rotary Club often provides a member an opportunity to perform a random act of kindness in the community with funds collected by the members.

Locher choose Skufca’s class upon learning that one of her students unexpectedly lost a parent.

“Most often teachers graciously reach into their own pockets to support activities in their schools, and I thought here’s a chance to support the teacher while she’s supporting her students,” Locher said.

Skufca said she was surprised and delighted when told of Locher’s desire to help her students.

“It seems like our community always knows just what to do to care for others, and I feel blessed to live and work here,” she said.

Bernie Conway, the school’s assistant principal, said he was pleased to learn Locher wanted to ensure that Skufca and her students would have discretion on how to spend the donation.

Don Trotz, the school counselor, said the students and Skufca have many ideas of what to do with the donation. The ideas range from field trips to a museum tour, he said.

“Rotary’s Random Act project is contagious and certainly will inspire many to do good things for others,” Trotz said.

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