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Northeast Times | September 26, 2021

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KISD – HUDSON FOUNDATION GRANT RECIPIENT SHARES PERSONAL STORY OF IMPACT FROM PROJECT

KISD – HUDSON FOUNDATION GRANT RECIPIENT SHARES PERSONAL STORY OF IMPACT FROM PROJECT

While the 2020 Keller ISD-Hudson Transformation Projects application window is currently open for Keller ISD employees, Timberview Middle School Library Media Specialist Angela Wilson, a past grant recipient, recently shared how the funds contributed to the positive culture at her campus.

“Kindness is a super important part of my life for so many reasons, and it is the heart and soul of the PALs class,” Wilson said. “We were gifted money to make kindness baskets to distribute to staff and students at Timberview Middle School. It was important to me that through this project, we reached those who might benefit the most. Everyone can benefit from a random act of kindness, but I asked the staff to specifically nominate students who might move ‘under the radar.'”

Staff was asked to look for students who aren’t always the most vocal and sometimes blend in. Nominations began to roll in, and Wilson compiled a list of over 100 names. She also asked for staff nominations – someone who might be going through a rough time or needed a pick-me-up – and she was given six staff members’ names.

During National Kindness Week, held February 17-21, the PALs students wrote a personalized, hand-written note to go with every gift. Each gift also included a sticker that read “Make Kind Normal.” Gifts included a variety of things from sodas and snacks, to games and notepads, to T-shirts and tumblers. Some gifts were delivered and other recipients were called to the library to receive their gift.

“The reactions were absolutely priceless,” Wilson said. “There were smiles, tears, and hugs. I had parents and staff members e-mail me, I was tagged in Facebook posts, and several recipients who I didn’t have a connection with before now make it a point to say ‘Hi’ in the hallways. It was truly such an amazing experience to witness so much joy from so many of our students. It helped build relationships, boost self esteem, and build confidence.

“Thank you so much Hudson Foundation! Thank you for entrusting me with the funds to spread some kindness. Thank you for giving us the funds to buy these gifts. Thank you for all of the lives you helped our PALs students touch. It was an unforgettable experience.”