Walk In Kindness
"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted."
One ripple of kindness can go on to create a large wave!
Promoting Kindness Throughout the District
Lawrence High School
On Wednesday, March 14, students gathered voluntarily in the Lawrence High School gymnasium at 10:00 AM for 17 minutes. Each member of the LHS community was given a custom-made sticker with the No. 17 on it. Two rings - the burgundy and silver school colors of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High - encircles the blue and gold of the Lawrence High Tornadoes. Students were asked to of perform 17 acts of kindness. Senior Class Secretary Dayris Beltran spoke first about the tragedy in Florida. Next, History Club President Jackie Bluydoy laid out student plans going forward. There was also a 'moment of respect' as Student Government Association Vice President sang "American the Beautiful "to honor the lost and the living." Hundreds of participants wore the burgundy and silver of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in support. A symbolic walk around the school track mixed students and staff as planned. Students who didn’t take part were allowed to go to the school library. Acts of kindness will be recorded on punch cards. Seniors who turn 18 by December 31, 2018 will be given an opportunity to register to vote. "These horrific tragedies leave students feeling vulnerable, powerless. Registering to vote, and performing acts of kindness can help restore a sense of lost agency to our youth in a cooperative, nonpartisan way," explained Dr. Stephen Sullivan, veteran social studies teacher and longtime SGA advisor.
“This is a big issue, the kids who were killed were our age, and a few students know people there,” said senior Dayris Beltran. “This is something we easily can be a part of. We want to use this to make a difference."
Lawrence Middle School
On March 14th, students worked on activities that were reflective of positive core values and acts of kindness. Students pledged to engage in 17 random acts of kindness. They received pledge cards to keep track of the number of acts of kindness completed. They also engaged in group discussions, writings activities, and creating posters related to 17 values such as teamwork, loyalty, empathy, honesty, and caring, just to name a few.
Lawrence Elementary School
Our school motto this year has been to “Choose Kind.” Each day we remind our learners that they are in control of their actions and only they can choose to be kind. On Wednesday we challenged our learners to do 17 acts of kindness. Different classes took on the challenge in various ways. One third grade class were Secret Kindness Agents and went undercover and placed kind messages on the lockers of LMS students. Other classes wrote KINDNESS acrostic poems. Teachers and learners recognized many of the kind acts that the children did for one another, and those children’s names were announced on the loudspeaker.