Giving back at Seton-La Salle. The Joseph Kimutis Memorial Kindness Scholarship

Last night John and I walked into the auditorium at Seton-La Salle High School.  The last time we were there we were listening to Joe singing in the choir.  He proudly sang his solo, “Catch the midnight train going anywhere.” 

I was proud of Joe that night.  I was proud of Seton-La Salle.  It was a safe place for Joe.  He loved spending his senior year inside those walls.  They embraced my boy with open arms.  I will forever be grateful to them.

Last night was awards night.  We were presenting a $1,000 scholarship to a senior who is kind.  As John spoke he said, “Many students will receive scholarships tonight because of their grades.  Joe was a caring and kind person.  This scholarship will be awarded to the person who embodies the spirit of kindness.”

As I stood on the stage next to John, and he spoke so beautifully, I looked out into the crowd.  Many of the parents and students had tears in their eyes.  Although Joe was only at Seton for his senior year, he left his mark.  Within days of Joe’s passing the students and faculty gathered to attend mass is Joe’s memory.  They talked about Joe and prayed for him.

Last fall the students collected more than a 1,000 canned goods for a food drive in Joe’s memory.  They donated Chinese auction baskets for Joe’s Spaghetti Dinner. 

The award was presented to a young woman named Emalee.  She was very surprised.  Her mother and aunt had tears in their eyes.  We thanked them for raising such a wonderful person.  We told her that although she may not have known Joe, that she could learn more about him in the foundation’s brochure that we handed her.  Her mother immediately said, “We have read about Joe.”

Seton-La Salle wrote an article about Joe last fall in their newsletter. 


We love that Joe was part of this place.  We love that we now have the opportunity to give back to them in his memory.

Please leave a comment

  1. Jan Crossen Says:

    Congratulations to Emalee for being awarded this very special scholarship. A sincere “Thank you,” to her family for rearing this kind and loving young woman. Love and hugs for Susan and John for being such amazing parents and role models. Love and prayers for Joe who is always remembered and greatly missed. Auntie Jan oxox

  2. Judy Kinnee Says:

    Remembering when my kids met John at Walmart and when he walked away Cliff said, “Wow Mom he is such a nice guy”
    Kids learn to emulate what they see. Kindness in your home

    I would like a brochure