Willow Road Elementary students wrapped up their Kindness Spirit Week earlier this month. Students and staff took part in a kindness-themed activity each day throughout the week. For Powered by Kindness Monday, kids dressed up in their favorite superhero costume. For Peace, Love, and Kindness Tuesday, the hallways were awash in audacious colors as students walked about in rainbow tie-dye shirts. Kindness is a Team Sport Wednesday was a day for students to wear a favorite team shirt or sports jersey. On Thursday, schools were closed for Veterans Day, but when doors reopened on Friday, students came to school wearing their favorite school shirt or color for Willow Wildcats Choose Kindness Day.
The event week was part of a larger month-long focus on teaching students how to practice kindness in and out of the classroom. Students were asked to practice simple gestures of kindness such as inviting someone to go ahead of them in line, helping a sibling learn something new, holding the door open for someone, or paying someone a genuine compliment.
As part of the school’s ongoing mission to foster a positive character in students, teachers incorporate the development of a positive character trait into their lesson plans every month. Alongside kindness, this year the school focused on traits including politeness, compassion, respect, perseverance, and thoughtfulness.
“In our school, we take great pride in inspiring our students to be responsible, respectful, caring people inside and outside of the classroom,” said Ms. Rosalie Ambrosio, Principal of Willow Road Elementary School. “The monthly character trait initiative is one of the tools we use at Willow to impart these values and lessons to our students.”