Principal Pays it Forward to Valley 7th grader devoted to helping others

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Shelby Jimenez, 13, is devoted to helping others. (Source: CBS 5 News) Shelby Jimenez, 13, is devoted to helping others. (Source: CBS 5 News)

You can teach kids history and math, but there's no formal lesson plan for kindness and generosity.

If there was, Shelby Jimenez, 13, would be at the head of the class.

"I want to make people happy," said Jimenez. "You should do good things to make the world a better place."

The seventh grader from Ashton Ranch School in Surprise recently organized a pajama dance on campus to collect hundreds of new PJ's to donate to sick kids and Phoenix Children's Hospital.

"I wanted to make them feel happy," said Jimenez. "It's great to see the smile on their face because someone is thinking about them."

Jimenez was also instrumental in the school's packages for troops drive, and a protect the environment program.

The goodwill gestures have come while the teenager deals with an assortment of health problems.

Jimenez has a spinal condition that will require surgery later this month.

Principal Terrie Barnes wanted to thank the special teen for all she's done, so she reached out to CBS 5 to Pay it Forward to Jimenez.

"She cares about the world. She cares about kids, and she cares about the environment," said Barnes. "Here's this kid about to go back to the hospital for serious surgery, and she's not thinking about herself."

A CBS 5 news crew followed Barnes this week when she surprised Shelby in class.

"I'm wondering if I can have Shelby come forward," Barnes told students. "Shelby has a huge heart and she is always thinking of others. This kid gives and gives and so I nominated Shelby for the Pay it Forward award because we think the world of you. You're leadership and what you do is outstanding - you represent the good in people - the good in life. Here is $500 cash for you to keep paying it forward."

"She's extraordinary," Barnes said.

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Jason Barry
Jason Barry has been reporting in the Valley since 1997.

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Jason Barry

Jason Barry has been reporting in the Valley since 1997.

He is a nine-time Rocky Mountain Emmy Award winner who is best known for his weekly Dirty Dining reports, which highlight local restaurants with major health code violations.

Jason was born in Los Angeles and graduated from the University of Miami.

An avid sports fan, Jason follows the Diamondbacks, Cardinals and Suns with his wife, Karen, and son, Joshua.

His favorite stories to cover are the station’s Pay it Forward segments, which reward members of the community with $500 for going ‘above and beyond’ the call of duty to help others.

Jason, started his career at WBTW-TV in Florence, SC before moving to WALA-TV in Mobile, AL, was named the Associated Press Reporter of the Year in 2002.

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