A “Kindness Club” started at Grant Elementary? Unbelievable, truly remarkable. The club’s members perform random act of kindness, specifically at school. Growing rapidly, the club is comprised of students that are from fourth to sixth grade.
The idea is the brainchild of School Counselor Madeline Sells who was looking for a way to support the younger children at the school. Some of the service rolls are structured such as reading partners, mentor younger students, art ally or morning ushers. In other instances the club member are encouraged to find new ways to provide random acts of kindness and service.
“Students help me get the food out, then they do what’s called our DI art buddies–our developmentally impaired classroom,” Sell narrated. “They go in and do art with them on Fridays then they’re doing one on one mentoring. Whether it’s a walk, some kids do ukulele breaks.”
One 6th grader, Echo Gring, with a reputation of going to teachers to say ‘I want to help’ was part of the inspiration Sells used to form the club. “But we didn’t really have anything to kind of channel her in to giving back to the community and our school,” Sells added.
They now have a weekly meeting where members of the Kindness Club can report and then plan and sign up for jobs for the coming week.
“I like helping kids, I also thought it would be fun to see what the smaller kids are up to,” Gring mentioned. “It shows that we’re a big community and we like to help each other out.”
Principal Sells remarked that club members felt a sense of belonging and self worth when they contribute to the community and feel that they are important part of Grant Elementary School. It also boosted the students’ self-esteem.
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