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Local business owner helps support Student of the Month program

Big Town Hero owners Shital and Nimo Patel, center, congratulate recent Williams Elementary-Middle School Students of the Month. The Patels reward Students of the Month with a free sandwich coupon. The students are: (from left) Gabriel Lowe, Allyson Stearns, Audrey Stearns, Christine Salgado, Ethan Jenks, Ivan Duran, Jenna Wouters, Jose Mercado and Erin Lucas. Ryan Williams/WGCN.

Big Town Hero owners Shital and Nimo Patel, center, congratulate recent Williams Elementary-Middle School Students of the Month. The Patels reward Students of the Month with a free sandwich coupon. The students are: (from left) Gabriel Lowe, Allyson Stearns, Audrey Stearns, Christine Salgado, Ethan Jenks, Ivan Duran, Jenna Wouters, Jose Mercado and Erin Lucas. Ryan Williams/WGCN.

WILLIAMS, Ariz. - Local business owner Nimo Patel has been giving back to the community ever since he opened Big Town Hero sandwich shop.

For more than three years, Patel has donated eight free sandwich coupons per month to the Student of the Month program at Williams Elementary-Middle School (WEMS) and Williams High School.

"The kids get happy," he said. "I like it."

Past Students of the Month said it was cool and awesome to get a free sandwich as a reward for their achievements.

WEMS Principal Bryan Lords said Patel's kindness is helpful to the school.

"I love it because at the school we don't have a lot of money to give kids donations or cash gifts, so for Nimo stepping up and giving us cards for not only the elementary middle school but also the high school...it's phenomenal," he said.

WEMS teacher Maya Caldwell, who oversees the Student of the Month Program, said she was grateful for Patel's support of students' academic excellence.

"They are a generous business doing this out of the goodness of their heart and need some recognition," she said. "As the organizer of the Student of the Month Program, I do not know what we would do without their help."

January Students of the Month

Williams Elementary-Middle School recently announced its January Students of the Month.

The kindergarten Student of the Month is Faith Jensen. Faith's teacher said she tries her best in her work and is a friend to everyone in the class. She is also very respectful and never gets her name on the board.

January's first grade Student of the Month is Jenna Wouters. Jenna's teacher said she is very kind and sweet to her classmates. She is always willing to jump in and help someone who needs it. Jenna works hard in class and always tries her very best on her work. Jenna is an excellent example of good character.

The second grade Student of the Month is Sam Racher. Sam's teacher said she has shown an unbelievable amount of growth this quarter. She always has a smile on her face and strives to do her best. Sam makes sure her work is well done before submitting it.

This month's third grade Student of the Month is Cheyanne Ledlow. Cheyanne's teacher said she is a smart girl who completes all her work. She is very helpful and friendly. Cheyanne is great at always wanting to participate in all that her class does.

The fourth grade Student of the Month is Rory Stevens. Rory's teacher said she always tries her best at everything she does. She completes all of her homework and loves helping others. Rory can always make people smile and her teacher knows she can always count on her.

January's fifth grade Student of the Month is Amanda Ross. Amanda's teacher said she is such a sweet spirit in the classroom. She always tries her best at her work and is so creative.

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