Early Childhood Schools Practice Kindness
details may differ, but the purpose is the same: All four of Lakota’s
early childhood schools are participating in the Great Kindness
Challenge, which focuses on curbing bullying and building compassion and
Creekside held its kindness challenge in
December, with suggestions on ways to act kindly shared each day on
school announcements. According to Jennifer Russell, guidance counselor,
the response from students, staff and families was positive. “We have
continued to embrace kindness through words and actions in our
school. This month we are having our school-wide focus on giving to
Three areas will be set up for students to participate
in “giving back” activities, such as making cards for military
personnel and organizing kits for kids for a Cincinnati shelter.
Families are getting involved by bringing in items for the kits.
Liberty, guidance counselor Dana Hallgarth invited Central Office
staff to read a kindness-themed story to the classrooms, helping to
illustrate different ways students can incorporate such acts into
their lives. Each day, a chart is provided for things families can do
together, ranging from “play with someone at recess that you have not
played with before” to “tell each person in your family something you
like about them.”
A kindness assembly, featuring a performance by Sadecky’s puppets, concludes the Liberty 15-day kindness challenge effort.
The event took a different – much more individualized - focus at Shawnee Early Childhood School.
one of Shawnee’s first grade students, is a Leukemia survivor.
Currently in remission, McKenzie was selected as one of the Leukemia and
Lymphoma Society’s “Tri-State Heroes.”
As part of their
kindness assembly, the school honored McKenzie by wearing orange (the
color for the Leukemia Society) and support ribbons. Each class
displayed their kindness banner, created from friendship artwork the
students created during character development time. In another example
of their acts of kindness, each class received the name of a person or
department in the Lakota community to write notes or create drawings
“We’re proud of how our students have embraced the kindness
theme and, especially in their ongoing support and encouragement of
McKenzie,” says Theresa Brock, school principal. “They’ve shown by
their actions and compassion that kindness truly is part of the
culture at Lakota.”
That’s also evident at Wyandot Early
Childhood School, where kindness is the character word of the month.
Every Kindergarten and first-grade classroom is incorporating lessons
on kindness and will distribute daily suggestions to students, staff
and families as part of their challenge, which will be held in late
To kick off the challenge, Wyandot is creating a
video featuring personal examples of kindness. The school’s Starlight
Leaders, a group of first-grade students, along with several staff
members will share what kindness means to them.