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ELE! - three letters that have changed the mindsets and attitude of many people in West Michigan and beyond. These are letters that we hope will help continue to be spread as far and wide as possible, helping people to remember, “be a little nicer,” “accept each other’s uniquenesses,” and “open your hearts and minds to others you meet each day.”

“Stephen was always happy and made a good impression on everyone he met,” friend, Alex Durkin says. “It’s cool to see just how many people’s lives he impacted and how many people were affected by his passing and are sharing his legacy of ELE.”

“Stephen was one of those kids who made you feel better when you left him,” Mrs. Dixie Newell shared. “He never uttered a negative word about anyone, and many of his friends and fellow students were impressed that he held to that conviction.”

All proceeds from the sale of ELE wear goes to fund humanitarian scholarships in Stephen’s name, as well as special projects to further this message and help inspire others to live by these words.

ELE is a powerful tool to use in schools, communities, and everywhere someone could use some inspiration to be a better person and to be kinder and understanding of others.

While on this earth, Stephen made the world a better place to live – please help make the world a better place to live by spreading Stephen’s message of ELE to encourage the same from others.

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” Dalai Lama