Kindness Week at Columbus
How can kids help change the world? By performing one random act of kindness at a time!
Students at Columbus Elementary kicked off their Kindness Week (March 6-10) with an entertaining assembly by "The Magic Storyteller" Chris McBrien. Mr. McBrien, a former elementary teacher, uses curriculum based stories to entertain the students while educating them about the importance of being kind and respectful citizens. Students learn how kindness is shown through respecting others and themselves, being responsible for their actions and working together. From the simple act of picking up something someone has dropped and giving it back to them, to including everyone in activities to working as a team to get projects done, students learn that showing kindness truly makes the world a happier place!
The students were rolling with laughter as Mr. McBrien relayed tales of his childhood incorporating comedy, magic and ventriloquism. He brought many "friends" along to demonstrate that you can't judge a book by it's cover and that everyone is unique and has a gift to offer the world.
Students were challenged to perform 50 acts of kindness this week and were given a list of ideas. Some of them include " hold the door open for others", "pick up litter" and "compliment people". The children are enthusiastically taking to the task and signed a pledge to commence this exciting week. In class, students are working on a variety of kindness themed activities, one of which is to complete a chain link. They are asked to write something kind someone did for them on one link and join their links together as a class. All the classes will eventually join links for a building wide chain. This chain link and signed pledge will be on display in the cafeteria is a continual reminder that kindness spreads and can cause a chain reaction.
Additionally, former CES student and current junior at WHS, Caitlyn Lyons, has painted a Kindness Tree outside the cafeteria. Art teacher Laura Lee Chambers is helping students create the "leaves" that will adorn the tree, each indicating an act of kindness performed this week.
A special thank you to the elementary PTA for sponsoring the assembly and to the Kindness Committee (Connie Cotrone, Lisa Manning, Suzanne Ketchum, Kathy Fay, Dawn Pesce, Michelle Golczewski and Cathy Moore) for planning a meaningful life lesson for everyone.