Students’ Wawa behavior draws rave reviews

Quakertown par­ents, ya done good!

A busi­ness thought so much of your children’s polite and respect­ful behav­ior they’re throw­ing them a par­ty. The hon­or is being giv­en to approx­i­mate­ly two dozen stu­dents who attend Quakertown Community High School and were part of the Student Section for Friday night foot­ball games. Following each game, whether it be home or away, the stu­dents trav­eled to the Wawa on West Pumping Station Road and Route 309 for a sit-down meal.

They were so very polite and so very patient,” said Michelle Yerkes, a Wawa asso­ciate who devel­oped a friend­ship with the group and sug­gest­ed a par­ty to the store man­ag­er to repay the stu­dents’ excel­lent behav­ior. “There were 20 to 30 of them every Friday night, and it was crowd­ed. But they wait­ed nice­ly and always cleaned up after them­selves. They’re just all-around good kids.”

Ty Wilkin, a Student Section leader, said the stu­dents were look­ing for a place to unwind fol­low­ing the game, and oth­er restau­rants were crowd­ed. So they checked out the Wawa, which was remod­eled in April, and added tables.

We’d yell and have fun at games after a long week and then went to Wawa to kind of decom­press,” Ty said. “We did not leave until every­thing was cleaned up. We devel­oped a nice bond (with Ms. Yerkes) and want­ed to make her feel wel­come and not oblig­ed to clean up after us. She always asked us how the game went. There were lots of please and thank yous.”

QCHS Principal Mattias van ‘t Hoenderdaal com­mend­ed the stu­dents’ behav­ior and the com­mu­ni­ty part­ner­ship. “This show­ing of stu­dent lead­er­ship is the per­fect exam­ple for all stu­dents to fol­low,” he said. “Our young peo­ple are mak­ing a pos­i­tive impres­sion in the com­mu­ni­ty and they are being reward­ed for doing the right thing. We appre­ci­ate Wawa reach­ing out to make this happen.”

Ms. Yerkes said the par­ty will include a cater­ing tray with hoa­gies and mac and cheese, which is what the stu­dents typ­i­cal­ly ordered. “We just want to show our appre­ci­a­tion,” she said. “We’re so proud of these kids.” 

QCHS senior Emma Hilton, part of the Student Section, said the stu­dents were dis­cussing Wawa’s gen­eros­i­ty and “felt grate­ful. It feels nice that an every­day act of being respect­ful goes a long way.”

Each Friday, the stu­dents came in wear­ing what­ev­er the theme of the game was, for exam­ple: Hawaiian Night, Camo, USA, Pink, Gold. They took group pho­tos and includ­ed Ms. Yerkes. “She was always so excit­ed to see us and we were excit­ed to see her, too,” Emma said.

I wish them well in the future,” Ms. Yerkes said. “Their par­ents have taught them to be polite and kind and it shows.”