By Julie Slama | [email protected]
It’s been stated “a bit of kindness goes a good distance.” That’s a lesson that Copperview Elementary college students realized—to present to 1 one other, to their neighbors and to themselves.
Throughout the college’s second annual Random Acts of Kindness Week in mid-February, college students put up hearts round lecture rooms, wrote thank-you notes, created dance movies and sang songs to 1 one other and to workers and college as methods they demonstrated kindness, stated Jenna Landward, Copperview group college facilitator.
“Each single particular person within the constructing obtained some act of kindness,” she stated. “The children had been actually excited to give you concepts they may share.”
The joy unfold to workers and college, who additionally did sort acts, from sharing treats to giving books.
The kindness was shared each morning as college students’ targeted on respect, caring, inclusiveness and braveness of their morning conferences.
“We requested college students what kindness seems like and the way we will embody these as a category, college, group and in ourselves,” Landward stated. “They realized that their very own conduct at college, in a park, in a neighborhood grocery retailer can present kindness in on a regular basis life—and we requested how they will present kindness.”
The morning conferences, designed to be a time to greet each other, share and construct group, additionally grew to become a time of self-reflection as college students grew to become conscious. They practiced constructive affirmations about themselves, individuals they care about and the world they reside in, she stated.
Second-graders put that lesson into observe as they created acrostics—a type of poetry by which the primary letter of their title spells out a phrase or message.
“It’s an vital lesson to have the ability to replicate upon their strengths, issues they love and luxuriate in so when they might be down, unhappy or upset, they will keep in mind these traits and that vital message. It’s vital they study to be sort to themselves to allow them to share kindness with others,” Landward stated.
The 420 college students in-person and 55 on-line additionally had an opportunity to finish the Kindness Week Bingo. By doing acts of kindness, similar to choosing up litter, recycling, doing one thing good for a neighbor, choosing up after themselves, waking up with a smile on their face, college students may full the problem.
“We had greater than 100 college students full it and lots of extra did a number of squares to change into concerned in it,” she stated.
Lecturers additionally may award college students with fake cash known as Cougar Tracks for displaying random acts of kindness. These could be traded in on the college retailer for particular prizes.
“The children find it irresistible and get excited to be sort. That is probably the most energetic week of the varsity 12 months and it ends with an incredible Valentine’s Day, which they perceive what it means to be respectful and type to 1 one other,” Landward stated.
She stated that when she realized there was a nationwide Random Acts of Kindness day after which an internet site to help it, their celebratory week fell into place with lesson plans and concepts. Whereas this 12 months’s actions could look totally different than final 12 months’s due to the COVID-19 pandemic well being and security tips, the message stays the identical.
“There’s an entire motion behind it and why it’s vital to be sort,” Landward stated. “It’s turned out to be a enjoyable schoolwide celebration and custom and one thing we wish to proceed and observe day-after-day.”