QUINNcidence Day Inspiring Students At Washington


It’s no coincidence students are being kind at Washington High today. 

Students are spreading kindness to honor the memory of  teacher Alison Ter Horst’s daughter Quinn would have been six today. She died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome in 2012. 

“Today, I’m going to buy my friend’s lunch at Bagel Boy. So don’t tell her. That’s what I’m going to do today. I’m going to try to open doors for people,” senior Rachel Boer said. 

Boer is more than happy to honor Ter Horst and her daughter by doing nice things for others. Boer has participated in Quinncidence Day every year she’s been a Warrior. 

“I think it’s easy to think that people are forgotten and this is one way to make sure that she’s not forgotten,” Ter Horst said. 

Ter Horst initially thought just a few students would take part during the first year. She’s encouraged by how much the event has grown. 

“Overwhelmed. I’m always very humbled by it,” Ter Horst said. 

Thanks to a scholarship fundraiser, Ter Horst is also giving $1,100 to senior Danielle Luettel. Luettel is going to Iowa to study Neurobiology but right now, she’s focusing on making someone else’s day. 

“I’m planning on bringing candy to my little kids that I teach dance to today,” Luettel said. 

From holding a door open to giving someone a compliment, it doesn’t take much to participate in Quinncidence Day. 

“You can’t choose a lot of the things that happen in life. This life holds a lot of hard, difficult situations. A lot of kids at the school are going through some really tough things. You can choose how you respond to it with kindness. Kindness doesn’t cost a thing. I hope that they all learn to rise above some of their circumstances,” Ter Horst said. 

Ter Horst is in her twelfth year teaching Psychology at Washington. She has a two-year-old son and is expecting a daughter in April.

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