Simple acts of kindness

Recognition changes life of 96-year-old veteranBy: Melody MontgomerySpecial to the News-ArgusFriday, November 29, 2019

(From left) Geyser Superintendent Shawn Harkins, Cook Peggy Hill and Custodian Doug Felman honor Tim McAllister (front, center) with a Bronze Star in Geyser on Tuesday.

Photo by Melody Montgomery


A seemingly simple act of kindness can have a profoundly positive effect on the lives of our neighbors. Geyser elementary teacher Sandra Bossen and her first and second grade students recently witnessed this firsthand. 

One quiet afternoon following Veterans Day, Bossen and her class took the time to create a large “thank you” card in the form of a poster for their neighbor, Tim McAllister.

McAllister is the sole remaining World War II veteran in Geyser, and lives across the street from the school—its closest neighbor. He worked as a custodian/maintenance person at the school for almost two decades, alongside his wife, Delores. 

When McAllister

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