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11-Year-Old Making a Difference in His Neighborhood

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – In every neighborhood, someone stands out amongst the others as a Great Neighbor. KOLR10’s Brett Martin found one neighbor in the Southwest area of Springfield but this neighbor is one like any other. He's an 11-year-old sixth grader.
That is impressive, he is kind of engraving that into his son to be the man that he is.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – In every neighborhood, someone stands out amongst the others as a Great Neighbor.

KOLR10’s Brett Martin found one neighbor in the Southwest area of Springfield but this neighbor is one like any other. He's an 11-year-old sixth grader.

David Hallam and his son were nominated by a former teacher who says in the six months of the family  living there, they've made a lasting impression on her.

Tucked away in this small neighborhood outside of Springfield, this woman knows what makes a great neighbor.

"When somebody does move in, I try to take soup or something but I'm not able to shovel their sidewalk."

She said her neighbor David Hallam and his son, Coleton, do anything and everything.

"If I go to the grocery store, and pull in my driveway, if he's home, he'll run over and say, ‘Oh, can I help you unload your groceries?"

She says they'll never take anything in return. She knows David would be upset if he knew who nominated him for KOLR10's Great Neighbor, that’s why she did not want to show her face.

"The unusual thing with David is just doing it. You know, seeing something needs to be done and just doing it without being asked."

Unfortunately, our cover was blown when 11-year-old Coleton showed up within minutes to see if something was wrong when he saw the KOLR10 car in the neighborhood.

"I go over to house to make sure she is okay and ask her if she needs to do anything," says Coleton.

He says his dad has always taught him by helping out you can build a strong community.

"He says, I'm going to have you go do her driveway, but don’t knock on her door or anything," explains Coleton.

"That is impressive, he is kind of engraving that into his son to be the man that he is."

Coleton says he would prefer to help than do what most sixth graders his age are doing.

"I feel like I live around people that can’t do stuff that much so I help them out by shoveling driveways and checking on them every morning."

Now, she wants them to know how much she appreciates their hard work.

"I just want him to know how much I appreciate it. People don’t get complimented enough on the good things that they do, and I sure don’t want him to think I take it for granted."

If you would like us to feature one of your great neighbors, e-mail us at
News@KOLR10.com or find us on Facebook.

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