Middle school students praised for turning in $300 cash that they found on playground

PHOTO: Oklahoma City middle school students Keenan Estell, Damareay Tomlin and Jabaree Williamson turned in $300 they found on a playground near campus.PlayKOMO
WATCH 7th-grade students return $300 they found on playground

Three Oklahoma middle school students are being praised for turning in a wad of cash they found on a playground last week.

On Sept. 11, Belle Isle Middle School 7th graders Keenan Estell, Damareay Tomlin and Jabaree Williamson were playing basketball near the school when they noticed bills underneath an orange juice carton, they told ABC Oklahoma City affiliate KOCO.

PHOTO: Oklahoma City middle school students Keenan Estell, Damareay Tomlin and Jabaree Williamson turned in $300 they found on a playground near campus. KOMO
Oklahoma City middle school students Keenan Estell, Damareay Tomlin and Jabaree Williamson turned in $300 they found on a playground near campus.

Instead of making off with the cash, the boys decided to bring it to their principal's office.

The next day, a man called the school saying he dropped the money while walking his dog on the playground.

"He was just very surprised that his money was found and that these boys did this," Belle Isle Middle School Principal Lynn Kellert told KOCO.

PHOTO: Middle school students Keenan Estell, Damareay Tomlin and Jabaree Williamson say they were playing basketball on a playground near their school in Oklahoma City when they found $300 under an orange juice carton. KOMO
Middle school students Keenan Estell, Damareay Tomlin and Jabaree Williamson say they were playing basketball on a playground near their school in Oklahoma City when they found $300 under an orange juice carton.

The owner gave each of the boys a $25 Amazon gift card to show his appreciation for their good character, according to the local station.

"It feels good because you did the right thing," Damareay said.

PHOTO: Belle Isle Middle School in Oklahoma City is pictured in footage shot on Sept. 17, 2018. KOMO
Belle Isle Middle School in Oklahoma City is pictured in footage shot on Sept. 17, 2018.

The students are still receiving recognition for the small act of kindness, Jabaree said, adding that the attention has actually been a little disconcerting.

"It's strange," he said, "because I don't know what to say sometimes."

ABC News' Jennifer Watts contributed to this report.

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