If you ever met Cline kindergartner Nathan Ruiz, you would be shocked to learn he is just six-years-old due to his incredible maturity, outgoing personality and selfless ways. This young man is proving that no matter what your age is, you always have the ability to be kind.
“Nathan sets a good example on how to treat others,” Cline Media Specialist Claire Ford said. “He has a good work ethic and shows his peers how to do their best all of the time. Even if something is hard or frustrating, he still powers through it and encourages other people and I think that is something our Cline kiddos benefit from.”
Ruiz said he loves to help his classmates.
“My goal for myself is to be the nicest kid that I can be,” Ruiz stated. “I know how to make a good choice by looking at people’s faces to see if they are mad, sad, happy. If they’re happy, I don’t need to do anything. But, if they’re mad or sad, then I can do something. For example, one time one of the students in my class was lonely, so I helped her by playing with her.”
Ford said she has witnessed this from Ruiz first-hand.
“What I really love about Nathan is that if he sees a friend who is kind of lonely or confused or needs some help, he always tries to help those kiddos and includes them,” she said with a smile. “He’s just a friendly kiddo and a big-time bucket-filler.”
However, Ruiz’s kindness and helpfulness are not limited to just his peers: he also loves to help his teachers.
“If ever I need someone to help out with something, he’s the first one to volunteer,” Ford said. “He’s a great kid.”
On one special occasion, Ruiz won the opportunity to be “librarian for a day” and work alongside Ford.
“I helped Mrs. Ford scan all of the books, I helped her check them out, I showed her that one kid had a book at home,” Ruiz said. “I like to help. It’s good to be nice to people and help them when they need it.”
The help was much appreciated, according to Ford.
“I wish he could work for me every day,” Ford said. “He was super efficient, super helpful, and he was really kind. He gave a lot of friendly reminders and helped keep the library calm and organized, he helped answer questions and troubleshoot.”
Ruiz’s ability to handle tasks and take charge only made Ford even more surprised by him.
“Nathan has been a leader in his class and has really impressed a lot of us here at Cline with his leadership and his maturity at such a young age,” Ford said. “I think he is going to grow up to be a world changer. He’s going to make a positive difference in people’s lives, and I hope that when he grows up, he continues to help people and include people and encourage people to be the best that they can be.”
Though there is no doubt in our minds that Ruiz is already a world-changer, he is still just six-years-old and loves to do six-year-old things. When asked what he likes to do for fun, Ruiz’s response was simple.
“When I’m in the car, I like to sit in the backseat,” Ruiz said. “I also like to go to McDonald’s because of the chicken, fries and especially all the ice cream.”
In the opinion of FISD, Nathan Ruiz definitely deserves a backseat-riding trip to McDonald’s for ice cream after all of his great work.