Kindness in Schools Around the World
Students knit with love at Westwood Elementary and Zue Bales Intermediate - Texas, USA
“A clique (or two) a day keeps boredom at bay,” say the third graders in the Bales Knit Club. In its 15th year, the Club has seventy-plus knitters. The group meets bright and early on Tuesday mornings to add stitches to their bookmarks, scarves, blanket patches, or baby hats. Volunteers from the community and mentors from 4th & 5th grades assist by teaching the knit stitch, unknoting unruly yarn, and encouraging the students to keep on keepin’ on. One stitch at a time, rows turn in to finished products, bringing smiles to the knitters as well as to the recipients of this service-learning opportunity.
The club has knitted thousands of baby hats which they took to local hospitals and sent to Columbia, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, India, and Africa through Save the Children and missionaries. Their bookmarks and blankets go to local nursing home residents.
Today, a community member was crossing Portage Avenue on her way to the school at the end of the day. She told me she heard a student say "there's only 15 seconds left - we don't have time to cross" and saw him put out his arms to keep everyone behind him from crossing. The kids waited behind him and safely crossed the street when the light turned. She was impressed that the student took it upon himself to look out for his friends and other students.
- from a teacher at George Waters Middle School
An amazing Peace Garden constructed by the school community at Zue Bales Intermediate - Texas, USA
Students in grades 3-5 at Bales Intermediate worked in partnership with the Kindness Team at Kids For Peace to create this Peace Garden, a serenity spot next to their Playful Hearts Playground where students can sit to get quiet, be mindful, and heal.
Every child was invited to paint an inspirational message of kindness and compassion onto a rock as a part of their Art class. Teachers did the same at a faculty meeting; families and community members were included at a special Saturday Paint For Peace gathering. Kids for Peace also added rocks from school families around the globe who donated to the 2017-2018 #KindCoins campaign for Hurricane Relief.
Kindness given by students are Waverley Meadows Primary School - Victoria, Australia
I took clothes over to an orphanage in the Philippines. I had been there before and visited the children. When I was there I noticed they needed clothes so I decided to ask friends and family and took them over the second time I visited. - Julian, Year 6
I helped my mum with the students at the Special School she works at. I helped at parties, reading books to them and pushing their wheelchairs around. I bought presents for them at their Birthdays, Easter and Christmas. - Chelsea, Year 6
We contacted the local retirement village and got permission to write letters to some of the residents there. We have received letters back and are working on developing a pen pal system with the year 2 class at school and the village. The residents were very thankful for the letters. - Madi, Year 6 and Georgia, Year 2
I helped my neighbour, Bailey, who has been sick and in hospital. We bought groceries for the family as they are finding it hard to purchase them while being at the hospital all the time. - Bailey, Year 4
Kind ideas from students at Butler Elementary - Illinois, USA
Anjelique is a fifth-grader who brought me this bag filled with origami Post Its, all with a beautiful message about kindness and joy tucked inside. She brought them with this request: To please send them to Puerto Rico to comfort the kids who went through hurricane Maria just after we went through hurricane Harvey.
So ... I did. I have a friend at Colegio Radians in Puerto Rico and off they went in two separate envelopes to the US territory across the Gulf.
A month or so later, Anjelique received Priority Mail from the island ... this note and some newly-folded origami for her, with love. Her kindness was appreciated and returned.
- Barbara Gruener, Counselor, Texas, USA
Kindness reported by parents
My son had Spring Fair at school. When I arrived to share the day with him and his older brother, he was distraught. He was convinced that someone had taken the money he'd worked so hard to save for the day and had tears rolling down his face. As I took him in my arms to comfort him, his friend who was standing with us reached out and handed him $5. Don't worry, it's okay he said, you can have some of mine.
My six year old daughter just donated 10 inches of her hair to Locks of Love. Her older sister has done it twice already and she was very excited to follow in her footsteps.
My daughter Sabrina, a 7th grader had a sleep over this weekend. We (together) did several things to promote peace, friendship, and kindness. However, Sabrina stunned me, her friends and the workers in the mall where I took them after the sleep over. One girl Gwyna had only been in the mall a few times. She was excited by Build A Bear. We went on and shopped, but my daughter wanted to go back to Build A Bear. She insisted on Gwyna (age 13) getting her very FIRST and only Build A Bear. The girls put three hearts in the bear for the three of them and selected a BFF shirt for the bear to wear. My daughter paid with her own money. So awesome!!!!!!! Gwyna named her bear Snuggle Loves.
My family and I went out for a game of squash today. On the way home, we saw the cutest little girls manning a lemonade stand outside their house. A big sign said "FREE LEMONADE". My husband instinctively knew he had to stop the car and off I went with lollies and kids kindness cards. I told the girls how beautiful their stand was and what a wonderful job they were doing showing people how easy it is to be kind. I explained about the ripple effect of their kindness and gave them some kindness cards to hand out with their free lemonade. I also told them how incredibly proud I was of them and what gorgeous people they are. Their smiles were priceless and you could see how proud their parents were sitting a little away but within a safe distance to help out if needed.
My son is 2 & 1/2. I took him for a haircut and when the lady across from us sneezed, he got off his chair, went over to her, put his hand on her back and said you ok? I almost fell out of my chair! He already says bless you when I sneeze. – Renee 🙂