Doing the Right Thing Is Worth More than Money for Santaquin 7-Year-Old
SANTAQUIN, Utah – Here’s a follow up to a story to you saw on KSL last month — a 7-year-old boy returned a lost wallet loaded with cash he found on Labor Day weekend. A viewer wrote to us that they felt his actions deserved a High 5, and we did too.
Some kids just see things differently. Second-grader Brock Schimf sure does.
“I really like coloring animals and sea stuff,” said Schimf.
Not only does he have an artistic eye for a young guy, but Brock also has the most mature heart.
Earlier this summer, he found a wallet in American Fork.
It was filled with $1,100 cash, credit cards, a temple recommend and more.
“It was just like holy cow at first because you don’t find a wallet with that kind of money in it, we were in shock,” said Brock’s mom Tara Schimf.
KSL cameras were there as his mom returned the wallet to the owner’s family member.
“I knew the people of Utah are well-known for their honesty and integrity, so we were hoping for somebody like that,” said Alice Kirk, whose dad lost his wallet while helping her move from California.
Despite the offer of a reward, the Santaquin resident didn’t keep a penny.
“Why?,” asked KSL News Specialist Caitlin Burchill.
“Because it was the right thing to do,” said Brock.
Sure his mom may have had a bit of a say in that: “I think back, like had we kept it I know that whatever we would have spent it on or what not there would have always been guilt associated to it, you know, like looking at it and thinking that wasn’t our money. And so, I think it’s invaluable that the thousand dollars turned into a lesson that was worth lots more,” said Tara Schimf.
But it’s evident her son sees the whole picture, giving us the advice, “Choose right,” he said. “Tell the truth and don’t lie.”
So where’s the best place to surprise a selfless artist? The Springville Museum of Art, where he and his family were attending their “Guppy Group” children’s program.
KSL gave him a new art kit. Dr. Rita R. Wright, the director of the Springville Museum of Art, gave him a gift too.
“We’re so excited we’re here. You love art, we love art,” she said.
A Santaquin second-grader teaching us all a lesson in life.