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Hunter Altman is a top-notch kid.

The 11-year-old Fountain Inn Elementary School student has one older brother, loves to help his parents, Jeremy and Carolyn Altman, around the house and is “very unique,” according to his mom.

“What I really want to be is a helper, really,” Hunter said.

That spirit drove Hunter to step up when he saw classmates that were bullied. He also felt that teachers and school staff didn’t get the appreciation they deserved. He gathered some friends to step in, form a club and make a difference.

“I had to think of a name,” Hunter said. “Top Notch Industries – I think it’s perfect because when the teachers teach us, it’s top notch, and the kids being bullied, they needed encouragement. They do something good, you say it’s top notch.”

Now, with the help of the school’s art teacher, the group is spreading sunshine all around. They meet during recess, in the mornings and sometimes during a related arts period to work on projects that radiate kindness. They have created posters for custodians, lunchroom staff and others featuring compliments and statements of gratitude. At Christmas, they decorated rocks with inspirational words as gifts for teachers.

“The rocks were to tell the teachers that they are helping us,” Hunter said.

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