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Northeast Times | June 24, 2019

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KISD: CES Showcases Acts Of Kindness, Encourages Others To Spread Kindness Over Summer

KISD: CES Showcases Acts Of Kindness, Encourages Others To Spread Kindness Over Summer

Fourth graders from the Caprock Elementary Kindness Squad hosted a Kindness Fair on Monday, May 20 to showcase the random acts of kindness they completed in the community.

A group of about 20 students completed these acts of kindness in the community, and through the Kindness Fair, also encouraged their classmates to continue to spread kindness throughout the summer months.

Fourth-Grade Teacher Lauren Theodore started the Kindness Squad last year to help boost confidence and create a sense of belonging and inclusion. It creates a win-win because the students involved in initiating the act of kindness get to feel the same sense of happiness as the person receiving it. The Kindness Squad met at the beginning of the year to create a mission statement and brainstorm ideas for the year.

“This year we really wanted to focus on the community, so students thought of different activities we could do throughout the year to impact our community,” Theodore said.

Some of those activities included making friendship bracelets to pass out to their neighborhood, decorating rocks for the children with cancer at Cook Children’s, decorating bags for Meals on Wheels, having a donation drive for the local animal shelter, and then doing a random act of kindness of their choice to wrap the year up.

Everyone who entered the Kindness Fair also received a “Summer of Kindness Bucket List.”

Ideas for summer acts of kindness included:

  • Thank soldiers with a book-based project
  • Plant a tree
  • Adopt a food shelf
  • Give an award to someone you admire
  • Create thank-you cards from community helpers
  • Bake-and-share dog treats with a shelter
  • Visit a local nursing home and deliver cards and drawings

Click here to download the full “Summer of Kindness Bucket List.”

“This group inspires me because of their passion to make a difference. Students come up with all the acts of kindness themselves and are so excited to give to our school and community,” Theodore said. “Every meeting we talk about the quote, ‘If you wake up every day hoping to influence just one persons life, you never know the ripple effect it could have on the world.’ That’s exactly what this club has done and it is so inspiring to feel the culture of kindness and empathy they have helped create on our campus.”