The internet last Wednesday was flooded with positivity and goodness as people took to the streets to do random acts of kindness in memory of Pascal Weisberger. Weisberger, 14, a student at Treasure Village Montessori Charter School, who passed away from a violent tragedy on May 7.
Clean up the shoreline, donate blood, write a letter to an elderly neighbor or rake their leaves, Mangel urged her students and the community. Do things that Pascal did to make the world better, and get creative and do more, to honor his memory, she said.
People up and down the Keys answered her call, with acts of service reported from Key West all the way to Ocean Reef.
“I was overwhelmed with emotions at the response to our first Day of Service,” Mangel told the Weekly. “It was amazing how our community rallied together to show support for Pascal.”
Mangel donated blood at the TVM-organized blood drive and did a local cleanup with her daughters. Weisberger’s classmates brought food to first responders, volunteered at animal shelters and cleaned up some of his favorite spots. His fellow Boy Scouts from Troops 912 and 914 cleaned up local shorelines and wrote chalk reminders to “Be Kind! #PascalsWay.” Even the dolphins and crocodiles at Theatre of the Sea took part, holding up signs urging kindness.
“I knew he was an inspiring soul, but it wasn’t until I saw so much good happening in celebration of him that I truly realized the scope of his influence,” Mangel said. “Pascal would be so proud, honored and, I am sure, humbled by the response.
The Day of Service will repeat annually on Weisberger’s birthday, Feb. 2.
Visit pascalsway.org/ for a longer-term way to connect and do kind acts in Weisberger’s memory.
Mangel concluded, “I don’t think I will ever stop mourning him, but now at least I can say that I have also found ways to celebrate him.”
Lignumvitae Key staff took part in the Day of Service to honor Pascal Weisberger. “Make the world a better place and follow #Pascalsway,” they urged. BECKY COLLINS/Contributed
Many different crews took to Harry Harris park on the day of service. Nola Acker, who organized an afternoon cleanup, said, “We picked up trash in honor of Pascal but it was obvious we were not the only ones today. The park was the cleanest I have ever seen in 10 years.” CONTRIBUTED
Katharine Wheatley and her daughter Ali honored Weisberger by donating blood and giving their time to the Upper Keys Humane Society, one of Weisberger’s favorite charities. “We’ve made a promise to try to do good every day, not just today,” Wheatley said. Ali did tae kwon do with Weisberger. KATHARINE WHEATLEY/Contributed
Down in Key West, Reef Relief and Honest Eco did a clean up in Pascal Weisberger’s honor. Weisberger traveled to Key West to speak to the city commissioners about the harms of plastic pollution. Fixing our marine debris problem was one of his passions. DORA DEMARIA/Contributed
Mattie Sue, 10, will lead a virtual yoga class for kids to teach deep breathing, self-awareness and basic yoga poses. The class will happen at 2:30pm on May 19. KEY LARGO YOGA/Contributed
Kathy Shirley posted this reminder to show up every day for the earth and the community, just as Pascal did. “I hope we made you proud today Pascal ‒ and I pray on my knees for your family,” the yoga studio wrote on Facebook. KATHY SHIRLEY/Contributed