Understanding the meaning of the word kindness and how it is practiced is the focus of special projects and activities at Washington Primary School throughout the month of December.
The dictionary defines kindness as “the quality of being friendly, generous and considerate.” Washington’s more than 300 students spread across kindergarten through third grade are increasingly catching the spirit of kindness.
“Washington Primary’s social emotion focus for the month of December is Kindness,” first year Principal Michelle Richards said. “Kindness is one of the Washington expectations in which we pledge to speak words that make others feel good, supportive and encouraging.”
Teachers are completely behind the initiative and taking delight in working with students to understand and demonstrate what kindness really means in practice. The kids themselves are enjoying showing just how kind they can be when they are so motivated; and the Washington youngsters are increasing motivated.
“Throughout the hallways there are Kindness Corners,” Dr. Richards said. “Anyone can write words of kindness on a Post-it Note and leave it on the posters for everyone to see. Our goal is to have a learning environment that celebrates our diversity and empowers one another to be our very best.”
It’s something special to watch Washington’s students being nice to each other; no, make that kind. Lifting up someone’s spirits and making them feel valued and even loved is a wonderful sight to behold.