Kindness Month

at Rippon Middle School

A Building-Wide Initiative

All February long, Rippon Middle School has been celebrating Kindness Month. Every teacher in our building was given lesson plans and activities that incorporate key values we want our students to go out into the world with: kindness, respect, caring, inclusiveness, integrity, responsibility, and courage. Our goal was to make kindness a conversation all over the building to help improve school culture and help all students feel supported in all their endeavors - personal and academic. Aside from starting the conversation, we also wanted our students to get INVOLVED in the actual act of kindness through activities and opportunities all month long. Please see below for how kindness took over Raider Nation this month!
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Shining a Light on Kindness: No Place For Hate Initiative

Through the No Place For Hate Initiative, we completed our phase 1 activity to make Rippon Middle School a kinder, more inclusive, and safe environment for our students to learn and grow. Every student in the building shared an idea of how they can spread kindness on a light bulb template. These ‘lights’ were then strung up around the school in order to ‘shine a light on kindness.’ Kindness sets the foundation for social action because it fosters compassion and empathy in students and motivates them to help others. By shining a light on KINDNESS in our building, we’re able dim out harsh words, actions, and bullying and promote acceptance and inclusivity.
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Kindness Candygrams

The No Place For Hate committee members also sponsored a fundraiser selling "Kindness Candygrams" to fellow Raiders. These candygrams were sent either anonymously or addressed, and included a candy bracelet and a kind message - see below. All candygrams were then delivered to homerooms by the NPFH committee members on Valentine's Day. The atmosphere at Rippon was full of excitement, love, kindness, and compassion on this day & this is a tradition we hope to continue next year!
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Random Acts of Kindness Awards

As a school-wide initiative to promote the act of kindness as a norm, we challenged our students to perform random acts of kindness to others for others in the building. All month long, while students were doing these simple acts (i.e., picking up trash in the hallways, helping a teacher clean up the classroom, helping a classmate with work, holding the door open, etc.) teachers were nominating these students to be recognized and receive an award during Random Acts of Kindness Week (Feb. 16-22). We had over 40 nominations received and the following students were recognized during lunch and rewarded with a certificate, bookmark, and an ice cream treat! Congrats to all!
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RAK Winners

6th grade

Antonella

Ewuradjoa

Farzad

Francisco

Genesis

John

Khadija

Lundyn

Shanaisha

Zakiya

7th grade

Aiyona

Ana

Ariyana

Ashlee

Brian

Camryn

CJ

Dajhoni

David

David

D'Corian

Fatima

Hafsa

Harpreet

Idella

Joshua

Marcin

Mia

Moris

Nazir

Parker

Rachel

Sani

Stephen

Yohanna

Zhane


8th Grade

Alison

Ashlyn

Dorian

Elisha

Elizabeth

Joseph

Kahlea

Rebhi

Rehan

Umu

Zahra

Kindness Can 'CHANGE' the World

The final activity for kindness month has been a change donation drive that benefits The Boys & Girls Club of Dumfries. While we want students to be kind inside our school building, we want them to also take their kindness out in to their communities and neighborhoods. One act of kindness can create a ripple effect of change. Students have been challenged with the task of raising $200 for the Boys & Girls Club that sponsors many students in our community. If we reach our goal, an added bonus is that Mr. Bergquist will be pied in the face!
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