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Building Initiative Creates a Focus on Kindness

Smiles and cheer were abundant at Dayton Avenue Elementary School, as February was named “Kindness Month” at their building.

As part of their Kindness Month, students and staff throughout the building participated in a plethora of kindness-themed activities to spread smiles to those around them. Third grade students constructed a greeting message with cups in a fence at the school each morning, fourth grade developed a kindness shout-out where students can recognize the kind act of someone else over the loudspeaker in the morning, fifth grade drew colorful messages of kindness in chalk outside the school, and sixth grade students crafted kindness bookmarks and left them within random books throughout the library.

Prior to the culminating assembly program presented by the ReesSpecht Life Foundation, building principal Shelita Watkis offered advice to the schoolwide audience. “We don’t want kindness to be something we practice only in February,” Watkis said. “We want kindness to be something that is a part of us all year long.”

Richard Specht from the ReesSpecht Life Foundation then led a powerful assembly on kindness and the power one act of kindness can have.

At the end of the program, the students were challenged to be positive forces for change within their school and were each given their own “cultivate kindness” card to share and use within the community.