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2016 Scholarship for Kindness Awards

2016 Scholarship for Kindness Awards

From left to right: Riley Fritz, Tina Kranz,  Jim Kranz, Rilea Petersen.
From left to right: Riley Fritz, Tina Kranz, Jim Kranz, Rilea Petersen.

On behalf of the Isa Kranz Foundation, we would like to award two recipients for our first ever Scholarship for Kindness. The recipients are Rilea Petersen and Riley Fritz.

From left to right: Tina Kranz,  Winners Rilea Petersen and Riley Fritz, and Jim Kranz.
From left to right: Tina Kranz, Winners Rilea Petersen and Riley Fritz, and Jim Kranz.

The scholarship has only one requirement, kindness. Each of our fifty nominees have touched another Richmond Burton student with kindness in some way. The student on the receiving end of this kindness took the time to pick up and complete an application from the counselors’ office. They were asked to explain a kind act and the impact it has had on their lives.

A diverse panel of judges had the painstaking process of choosing only two recipients; one male, one female. The judges did not know the names of the nominee nor the person who recommended them. In many cases, the students nominated do not know who has submitted the application in their name as is the case with our two winners. Some students were nominated by more than one person. Some had done many acts of kindness and some had done one. The judges based their decision on the impact the person had on the student that recommended them. Thank you to everyone who nominated someone for this award. And thank you to all those who live with kindness in their hearts on a daily basis.

U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Commander’s Award

U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Commander’s Award

The United States Marine Corps Reserve awarded The Isa Kranz Foundation with the Commander’s Award for the support provided in the 2015 Toys for Tots Program in McHenry County. Congratulations to everyone who took part!

2nd Annual INK 5K

2nd Annual INK 5K


JUNE 4TH, 2015

Horse Fair Park, Spring Grove, IL


$15 Adults/Kids 6 and Over • $50 Family
Kids 5 and Under ARE FREE

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To Register, Print form and mail in or drop off by May 21st. Register by May 15th to guarantee a t-shirt

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Sponsors, please sign-up and provide logos by May 12th for inclusion on the t-shirt

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At The Shores of Turtle Creek
7908 Winn Road
Spring Grove, IL

Walk Through Darkness

Walk Through Darkness

Hello, Everyone,
it is that time of year again…the annual Walk Through Darkness in Chicago! I’m hoping you will walk with us again In honor of Isa and all those lost to suicide. The walk will take place on September 20th downtown Chicago. If you want to sign up again, you know what to do!!! Raising money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is a great cause and please feel free to fundraise if you would like. Mostly, I just want to join the walk in Isa’s name. So no pressure with fundraising. We can all wear our different Isa shirts and bandanas and have a blast! Hope you can make it again. And bring your family and friends if you would like.

Love and gratitude,
tina 🙂


September 13th was our Random Acts of Kindness Day

September 13th was our Random Acts of Kindness Day

It was in honor of what would have been Isa’s 16th birthday.

We rented and decorated a 15 passenger van and traveled through our community and surrounding areas performing random acts of kindness.

It was a huge success and we have had many requests and offers to continue the message of being kind to one another.

A Poem for Isa

A Poem for Isa

How could we not know
You were in so much pain?
You smiled and laughed
And danced in the rain.
If only I had known
How deep your sadness ran.
I would have held you and helped you
And developed a plan.
But no one told us and we
Missed all the signs.
You hid your agony and seemed
Totally fine.
One day you were here
And Now you are gone
There’s a huge empty space
We must try to go on.
I can’t picture my life
Without you, sweet girl.
I’m lonely and sad
And beginning to unfurl.
But the sun shone today
And I noticed it too.
I looked up and noticed the sky
was so blue.
If I can still see beauty and peace
Then maybe someday
My pain will decrease.
I’ll honor your life
By living mine right.
And helping others
And sharing your light

By Tina Kranz for my precious daughter

Through suffering and loss
Comes wisdom and strength.


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