NUKOLI‘I — Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School eighth-graders were visited by Lex Brodie, founder of Lex Brodie Tire Co., yesterday at a luncheon at the Hilton Kaua‘i Beach Resort celebrating the final days of the school year.
Brodie and his crew presented the annual “Thank You … Very Much!” award, which is open to fourth- through 12th-grade students.
“That’s my couple of words,” Brodie said of the phrase. “I have been saying it for more than 40 years.”
Scott Williams, general manager for the Lex Brodie Tire Co., said the award serves to emphasize the importance of showing thanks to those around us.
“We all have the power to make someone’s day, and ‘Thank you very much!’ is the best way to show your appreciation for something someone has done for you,” Scott Williams, general manager for the Lex Brodie Tire Co., said. “Appreciation is one of the ways to make people feel good.”
Eighth-grader Audrey Lang was named this year’s winner, the second student from her school to receive it.
Also seated in the audience, Kayla Perez, who won the contest three years ago, smiled modestly as Bill Gray, Marketing Director for Lex Brodie’s firm, pointed her out to the founder.
“I can always depend on you to be there for me when I need it most,” Audrey read from her winning letter about her dad. “When I wanted to join media production (in school), you were there supporting me. Even though I started to doubt myself that I wouldn’t get in this class.
“You gave me courage and turned my negative attitude into a positive one so that I could do anything I put my mind to.”
As part of her earnings, Audrey, her parents and her teacher will be flown to O‘ahu on a chartered plane where they will be picked up by a limousine and taken to the Princess Kaiulani for a two-day stay, courtesy of Lex Brodie Tire Co.
In addition, Audrey will be presented with $250 to shop at the Ala Moana Shopping Center, and the group will be appearing on “Tiny TV” hosted by Tiny Tadani.
Williams said Lex Brodie Tire Co. will also present a $250 check to the Kaua‘i Humane Society, Audrey’s choice of charities.