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"Be the Reason Someone Smiles Today!"

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“Be the reason someone smiles today!” That’s the slogan for Freeman Elementary School’s first ever kindness challenge. Sometimes people are mean to one another. All you have to do is turn on your television, people watch for a few minutes, or take a look at social media to see the evidence. In movies, in the real-life news, in everyday person-to-person communications--and even in meetings between our country’s leaders--we see that sometimes people are disrespectful and unkind to one another.

Noticing some of these same tendencies in our students, and in an attempt to make kindness a habit instead, the elementary teachers, administration, and staff at Freeman have begun a Kindness Challenge for the month of March. The goal is to get kids to start thinking about what they can do to show kindness to others in simple ways on a daily basis.

Did your child recently shock you by doing the dishes or taking out the trash without being asked? The challenge, which runs from March 6 through March 31, asks kids to track random acts of kindness on a Bingo card throughout the week. Suggestions are given. For example, “Give someone a compliment, not on their clothes or appearance, but on a character trait” or “Do a chore at home without being asked” are just a couple of RAK’s (Random Acts of Kindness) suggested. The program runs on the honor system. If a student believes he or she has completed one of the recommended acts of kindness, he or she fills in a square on a Bingo card. Each week, there is a different goal. For Week 1, students who complete one line on a Bingo card meet goal. For Week 2, the goal increases to two lines. Week 3 is three lines, and week 4 is four lines. Each week that the goal is met, the student receives a leaf to color and place on the Kindness Tree in the elementary commons.

This is not something we want to see happen for only one month, but we hope that by getting kids to think about others, they will begin a lifestyle of doing what they can to make other people feel good about themselves—to make them SMILE! The shows kids watch, the conversations they overhear, and sometimes even famous or important adults in the news may not always set the best standard for how to treat one another. It is our hope through this challenge to plant a seed of kindness in our kids. After all, THEY will be the role models of the future.

Be sure to stop by the elementary commons over the next few weeks. Check out the Kindness Tree on the wall near the bottom of the stairs. Hopefully, it will be sprouting many leaves of kindness.

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