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Merit Learning Center junior Laura Ridenour, left, smiles as she talks with Goshen resident Roy Stern after helping Stern load groceries into his car at Kroger's in Goshen Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. Students worked in shifts in the morning and afternoon to complete random acts of kindness by assisting senior citizens with their groceries. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard) (AP)

Merit Learning Center sophomore Luis Rivas, right, loads Goshen resident Jeanne Stutzman's trunk with her groceries at Kroger's in Goshen Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. Rivas and other students completed random acts of kindness by assisting senior citizens with their groceries. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard) (AP)

Merit Learning Center sophomore Luis Rivas smiles as he talks with Goshen resident Jeanne Stutzman as they walk through the parking lot at Kroger's in Goshen Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. Rivas and other students completed random acts of kindness by assisting senior citizens with their groceries. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard) (AP)

Merit Learning Center sophomore Luis Rivas smiles as he talks with Goshen resident Jeanne Stutzman as they walk through the parking lot at Kroger's in Goshen Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. Rivas and other students completed random acts of kindness by assisting senior citizens with their groceries. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard) (AP)

Merit Learning Center junior Laura Ridenour, left, carefully grabs a carton of eggs as she helps Goshen resident Roy Stern load groceries into his car at Kroger's in Goshen Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. Students worked in shifts in the morning and afternoon to complete random acts of kindness by assisting senior citizens with their groceries. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard) (AP)

Merit Learning Center seniors Reanna Groves, right, and Brittney Hanna, second from left, help a couple load their groceries into their car at Kroger's in Goshen Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. Students worked in shifts in the morning and afternoon to complete random acts of kindness by assisting senior citizens with their groceries. (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard) (AP)
Merit Learning Center performs random acts of kindnesss to help senior citizens

Posted on Feb. 12, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Feb. 12, 2013 at 5:09 p.m.

Students from Goshen’s Merit Learning Center ventured across town Tuesday, Feb. 12, to Kroger to assist senior citizens as they load their groceries following shopping. Tuesdays mark senior citizen’s day at Kroger and students worked in two shifts to help shoppers with heavy carts to their cars and unload the carts.

Kristen Watt, Merit’s principal, said that Merit usually does several random acts of kindness the week of Valentine’s Day. This week, those acts include helping out at The Window in downtown Goshen, volunteering at Soup of Success and delivering carnations to Greencroft residents.

Merit Learning Center is an alternative school in Goshen that works with Goshen, Concord, Fairfield, Jimtown and Northridge high schools.