Story by Janmarie Foschini
Upon arrival to school on Mon. Dec. 4, students at the Greenwood Lake Middle School were given kindness wristbands to begin what was called “Kindness Week.” They were encouraged to wear the wristband at school and at home. Students were also greeted with kind messages on their desks and lockers as they began their day. Students were given kindness strips to write messages of kindness. This routine was repeated each day of the week. The goal was to have 2,556 messages written by the end of the week.
Other “Kindness Week” events included a scavenger hunt, games during recess, decoration of classroom doors with kindness themes and messages, and giving a thank you card to the bus drivers. Students painted Kindness/Wonder rocks in art class.
On Fri, Dec. 8, students posted their acts of kindness on a large banner which stretched across the cafeteria wall. This display was a huge show of the varied and random acts of kindness performed by the students.
Students also attended an assembly for www.Myface.org, which is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping transform the lives of people with facial disfigurements. The organization focuses on children, their families and raising public awareness.
Middle School Principal Jeffrey Golubchick spoke about “Kindness Week” and said, “In Wonder, Mr. Browne’s first precept is: ‘When given the choice between being right, or being kind, choose kind.’ As part of our #ChooseKind campaign, the Greenwood Lake Middle School held Kindness Week during the week of Dec. 4. Students entered school on Monday morning to find RAKs (random acts of kindness) on their locker or desk, or post-its inviting them to engage in a random act of kindness. Although our campaign extends far beyond one week, through a few small acts, we took the time to think about the great kindness within our community.”
The school reached their goal of 2,556 kindness strip messages which will be looped around the school at a later time. The goal is for students to keep the kindness going in school, at home and everywhere they go