Thursday, August 27, 2015

A Dinner to Remember

Viper Head Custodian is a Difference Maker

The head custodian at Space Coast Jr./Sr. High School, Mr. Rick Fink, recently got a taste of good ole fashioned Viper spirit.

On this memorable evening, following a long day at work, Mr. Fink decided to grab a quick meal at Subway for dinner to take home and eat with his wife. After standing in line and placing his order, he approached the register to pay for the food.

"I was waiting to pay for dinner," reflected Mr. Fink, "and someone tapped me on the shoulder. I turned around and said, 'Yes, ma'am?'"

"Can I pay for that?" the woman asked.

A bit shocked and a lot surprised, Mr. Fink thanked the woman for her offer but insisted he was just fine paying for his own meal. "That's okay. I've got it," he told the woman.

"No, you don't understand," the woman said. Mr Fink was confused. No, he didn't understand. One doesn't exactly expect to encounter acts of random kindness at a local fast-food restaurant.




The woman continued, "I had a son graduate from Space Coast in 2008 and my daughter goes to school there now. Over the years, I've seen you running around taking care of all of the students and the teachers. You're always running and working hard. I'd really like to pay for your dinner."

Grateful for the gesture, Mr. Fink hugged and thanked the woman. Explaining why he works as hard as he does, Mr. Fink said, "I had two kids graduate from Space Coast, too. Someone did it for my kids and I'm just repaying for other people's kids." 

As Mr. Fink was leaving, he waved at the kind woman and her daughter, thanked them again, and walked out with a feeling which educators savorknowing he had made a lasting difference in the lives of this family.


Mr. Rick Fink, the Head Custodian of Space Coast Jr./Sr. High School,
has served the students, staff, and community for nearly a decade.

William James wrote, "Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does." Educators everywhere take delight in knowing their daily efforts make the world a better place. For Mr. Fink, this random act of kindness by a thoughtful Viper family served as a reminder that he is, indeed, making the world a better place for students, parents, and the community.

"It caught me off guard," said Mr. Fink. "When you least expect it, you know, people do notice what we do."

Stay current with Space Coast Jr./Sr. High at Space Coast Edline.

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