Kids Being Kind

The Jerabek Kindness Squad’s first Kindness Week of the 2017-2018 school year took place in October. “We kicked off the year by taking a minute to celebrate our Jerabek culture of kindness with a week of fun and focus on kindness!” shared Laura Stephens, a parent volunteer and one of the founders of the Kindness Squad.

Classroom activities all week long included class read-alouds, craft projects, playground chalk art, mindfulness exercises, and more. The Kindness Squad distributed a list of 50 ideas for acts of kindness, ranging from “sit with someone new for lunch today” to “sign up to do some volunteer work at school or in your neighborhood.”

Fliers around the Jerabek Elementary School campus featured tear-off tags that students and teachers could take and award to anyone they caught being kind throughout the week. Recipients were then able to turn in the cards after school in exchange for a colorful kindness bracelet. “We gave out over 200 bracelets per day!” Laura said. “That is over 200 recognized acts of kindness per day over five days – though we are sure there were many, many more.”

The week concluded on Friday with a Kindness Rally and popsicle dance party.

The first Jerabek Kindness Week was held last year, and the remaining events this school year are scheduled for Jan. 8 to 12 and April 9 to 13. Learn more at www.jerabekffo.org.