Story by Janmarie Foschini
Greenwood Lake Middle School Principal, Jeffrey Golubchick, began a Kindness Campaign at the school in 2017. The program was a huge success and progressed throughout the school year. The Kindness Campaign included such events and activities as students writing kind messages to one another, posting kind notes on lockers, students and staff creating a huge kindness chain link that was displayed in the school, students participating in kindness assemblies, and many others.
The students and staff at the school participated in “Upstander Week” starting on Mon., May 21. The week began with members of the Anti-Bully and Kindness Club reading their anti-bullying pledge during the morning announcements. Students watched an anti-bullying video during their lunch period and were greeted with handwritten messages on postits relating to being an “Upstander.” An “Upstander Word of the Week” was given to each homeroom class.
The week ended with the Upstander Carnival, at which students enjoyed games such as “Kind Catch,” “Anti-Bully Beanbag Toss,” and “Blow Away Bubbles.” Students were given an opportunity to write kind and meaningful words on the playground with sidewalk chalk and sign the “Kindness Wall.”
Each morning during “Upstander Week,” student government members presented trivia questions and clues to their fellow students to identify the “Upstander” in the clue, based on fun facts.
Principal Jeffrey Golubchick stated, “I am so proud of the collaboration between the Student Government and the Anti-Bully and Kindness Club to plan and facilitate such an amazing week.”
The Kindness Campaign will continue at the school in September.