Williams honored by Metta Students for acts of kindness

Williams honored by Metta Students for acts of kindness

NORTH PROVIDENCE – The Metta Student Foundation has honored Santia Williams, a student at North Providence High School, with a $1,000 grant for her acts of kindness.

Now in its third year, the Metta Students nonprofit foundation awards $1,000 grants to students who pay it forward or #sharemetta. Williams was honored on May 31 with a ceremony at North Providence High School.

Norm Kelly, founder of Software Quality Associates in Providence, created the Metta Students Foundation in October of 2012 after learning of one teen’s act of kindness toward another teen. “Metta means love and kindness,” says Kelly. “We are thankful to all of our winners for making a positive difference in the world and for helping us spread the metta mission to simply be kind and #sharemetta.”

National Honor Society adviser Jill Usenia nominated Williams, saying, “I’ve noticed that Santia actively seeks out people who look lost or like they need help and she has a warm, caring nature that people are drawn to. I have witnessed her help a new student adjust to their new setting, sit with new kids at lunch, show them where their classes are, etc., all on their own accord. I have also witnessed how gentle and caring she is with the special needs students. She has the type of personality where people enjoy being around her, and she seems to anticipate those who are in need.”

For the past three years, Williams spent her time volunteering as a mentor two days a week at her high school’s writing center to assist her peers with their struggles. In that time, she has also been a mentor in the SOS peer mentoring program working with incoming freshman that may have trouble adjusting to high school either academically or socially. She is also involved in Teaching Pathways, which is a class that allows seniors to work with students with intellectual disabilities.

Williams is also a member of Varsity Athletes Against Substance Abuse, a club strictly for varsity athletes who vow to not use any drugs or alcohol. The club visits middle schools and talks to younger students about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse.


Well deserved, Ms. Williams. An act of kindness goes a long way. You are a credit to our community!