It’s always a good time to learn about being kind. This week, students and staff dedicated some extra time to be kind and learn about caring for one another during Kindness Week.
Throughout the week, students and staff have written notes, reading and writing stories about kindness, worked on service projects, and spent time learning and talking about the concept. Students and staff in every Shawnee Mission building participated in some way from Jan. 25 to Jan. 29 in the official observance. Here are just a couple of examples of how students and staff took on the Great Kindness Challenge this week:
At Tomahawk Elementary
Students participated in several activities to focus on and learn about kindness.
They installed a positive message on their school fence for the community to see. They wrote letters to nursing home residents. In art classes, both in-person and remote, students painted rocks as a way to create a kind gift for someone.
Students painted a one-of-a-kind rock to give to family and friends or place around the neighborhood. Students learning remotely were provided art supplies so they, too, could participate.
Students were given the opportunity to decide where to place their rock. Aimee Castro, second-grader said she planned to give hers to her parents.
“They are always nice to me,” Castro said. “Being kind means helping others, like helping them to the office when they fall.”
Another student, Greta Kersten, second-grader said she planned to give a rock to her younger brother.
“I like giving the rocks to make others feel good,” Kersten shared.
At Bluejacket-Flint Elementary
In one activity, students joined in a schoolwide community service project, assembling bags full of food and personal hygiene items to provide to people who are homeless.
Students and their families helped provide the items. Students created cards to give to recipients. Students also helped by packing individual bags that will be delivered to the Free Hot Soup organization.
Older students, serving as student leaders, helped guide younger students through the community service project.
“As a third-grader I looked up to sixth-graders since they are looking up to me and I want to help teach them to be kind,” Levi Marselus, sixth-grader and student council member said. Marselus said he hoped the individuals who receive the packets know they are appreciated and that they matter.
Delaney Andrae, sixth-grader and student council member she was glad every student had a chance to work on a project together.
“When students see what we’re doing, it helps pass on the kindness,” Andrae said.