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Teaching Kindness: ‘It can change a person’s day’

Pleasant Home Schools students have been learning how easy it is to be kind by participating in Random Acts of Kindness Week.

Every day this week students have dressed up and engaged in projects to show how simple it is to be kind to one another.

On Monday, students wore their favorite jersey to join the “Kindness Team.” On Tuesday, they wore red to be “redy” to show kindness. Wednesday, they wore blue to show that kindness chases the “blues” away. Yesterday they wore camouflage to show that students can’t hide kindness at PHS. Today, they are wearing a hat or baseball cap to say “Hats off” for kindness.

“The kids love it,” physical education teacher Kelly Garner said. “They are really engaging and participating.”

Each grade at PHS was assigned a service project, collected different items to donate to a specific organization.

Seventh graders are collecting all of the tabs off of canned drinks and giving them to the Ronald McDonald House.

The seventh through twelfth grader also are participating in a coin war with the proceeds going to the Ronald McDonald House and the Covington County Child Advocacy Center. The class that raises the most money will receive a popcorn and movie award.

Along with these projects, all of the elementary students received a cutout heart and submitted a kind comment about a fellow student, placed it in a box and every morning the comments were read over the announcements.

Students in the high school had a similar activity in which they received a raindrop cutout and wrote down an act of kindness they had witnessed a teacher, lunch room worker, office staff or custodian do and posted the notes on a bulletin board for the school to see.

“We wanted to do these activities because it shows how simple it is to be kind,” Garner said. “I mean, a kind comment can change a person’s day.”

The PHS Peer Helpers participated in an activity in which they wore necklaces with kind comments on them and would pass the necklace around to a different student each period.

“We thought of this idea because not every student has nice things said to him or her on a daily basis,” Garner said. “With 40 students passing around these necklaces, it was possible that every one in the school got to wear a necklace for at least a period.”

This is Pleasant Home School’s second year participating in Random Acts of Kindness Week.