With the holiday season approaching we spent a few weeks focusing on acts of kindness. Promoting kindness and compassion in our children is a crucial piece in promoting a better world for us all to thrive in. The kindness initiative we’ve begun is multifaceted. One, it naturally fits into our social learning lessons, as we have been working on thinking about how our choices and behaviors affect others. We want people to have good thoughts and feelings about us and enjoy being around us and one way to ensure that is to be kind!

Our first lesson discussed what it means to be kind. What does it look like, what does it sound like, what can we do to be kind throughout our day? I introduced the lesson with this wonderful video. Be kind and pass it on! https://www.randomactsofkindness.org/kindness-videos/6813-kind-kids-club The students created images of random acts of kindness, here are a few examples…

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The second layer of this initiative is the classes4classes program that we’ve joined. http://classes4classes.org (Check it out!) I created a profile for our school and we will wait to be paired with a giving class. Eventually, maybe next year, we will pay it forward to another class or school. The whole concept is that we get to know another class and think about other kids around the country and work together to build a caring and collaborative effort to support their learning. A newsletter regarding this program went home several weeks ago.

The third, is the kindness initiative will continue to be apart of our everyday experience as we encourage kind words, actions, and choices in our micro society. We most recently worked on our first school wide act of kindness. A news article was brought to my attention by our fabulous school nurse, Mrs. Cooper. (Some of the pictures are very graphic so please use caution when sharing with your family.) http://www.buzzfeed.com/javiermoreno/a-little-girl-with-severe-burns-is-asking-for-christmas-card#.kt98peapn 

The children were not shown any of the photos, but we did discuss that this poor little girl lost her family and all she wanted was to fill her card tree for Christmas. If each of our students made a card for her, she would be able to fill her tree! We contributed 103 cards to Safyre, who received over a million cards from including one from the Obamas! Here is an update on her story of hope. http://time.com/4161484/safyre-terry-christmas-cards-obamas/ Here are some images of the beautiful cards from our children at MACS!

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I was blown away by the beautiful thoughts and well wishes the children shared with Safyre in the cards they created. We have an impressive collection of empathetic children and I look forward to encouraging this development and facilitating opportunities to spread our kindness and compassion into our community and world!

I am inspired by your children going into this new year and look forward to all this year holds for us at MACS!