Kindness in our Wicomico County Schools, 2019-2020

James M. Bennett High School highlighted kindness throughout their Clippers Choose Love week, that took place 2/10 – 2/14/20, by having an event where students could get advice on academics and more, encouraging students to tell someone if they loved them, creating cards for freshman students, taking a positive message from their post-it wall and passing it on and signing a banner to pledge that they would do an act of kindness.

At Wicomico Middle School, Mrs. Torres’ students tied in Kindness activities to their theme of overcoming obstacles. The class started by discussing Cyber-bullying and how they can spread kindness to prevent this and other types of bullying. The students created a Kindness Station/Kindness Box and a Kindness Board.

Also, at Wicomico Middle School…their Social Worker, Mrs. Chaffee, worked with students to create kindness heart messages for EVERY student and staff member in the building. That’s over 1,000 kindness messages!!! WOW!

Salisbury Middle recently launched their 1st Kindness Club and is off and running…The students invited Mayor Jake Day to speak at one of their meetings about kindness. At the meeting they made kindness clips and presented their kindness puzzle. Some of the activities they’ve been doing this year are: a Holiday Kindness Cart for staff, that was filled with treats and hot beverages and they created a “Kindness gives us eagle wings” mural filled with every staff and student name where students can have their photo taken.

Pemberton Elementary officially started their 1st Kindness club! At their meeting held on 2/11/20, students made Kindness Notes with random encouraging messages for staff. The notes were placed in staff mailboxes by the club members. Notes contained encouraging messages such as “you are special”, “thank you”, and “you are appreciated”.

Pittsville Elementary & Middle School Kindness Club students delivered hearts with treats to every teacher and support staff on January 23, 2020. Way to go Pittsville Kindness club on being an example of kindness in our community and to you peers.

Pittsville Elementary and Middle School Kindness Club bagged 140 pairs of socks for Socks for Seniors to deliver to Anchorage Nursing Home on December 19th.

A few members of the Kindness Club from Pittsville Elementary and Middle School, along with Erica Jackson, of the Wicomico Board of Education who works with our students and families who stay at the shelters, delivered 37 Blessing Bags to the Christian Shelter on November 26th, 2019. The additional bags were taken to Halo by Ms. Jackson. The staff at both shelters were so happy to receive these blessings for their residents!

On, November 26th, 2019, Pittsville Elementary School 5th graders went on their “Making a Difference” field trip, visiting HALO, residents of Atria, and the Humane Society.

Some James M. Bennett students celebrated World Kindness Day by writing notes to staff members thanking them for the kindness they have given. Remember, one kind word can change someone’s day!

Beaver Run Elementary school created a kindness banner for students to stand in!

Glen Avenue Elementary School celebrated World Kindness Day on November 13th by creating a wall poster for students to take pictures in.

Choices Academy celebrated Unity Day by taking a stand for kindness, inclusion and acceptance!

Back in September, Wicomico High School’s Guidance Department had a kindness week geared toward easing social isolation and promoting kindness and inclusion. They also held a World Kindness dance in November 2019.

The Pittsville Elementary and Middle School Kindness club worked on their 2nd initiative…creating a card for each student to promote Unity day, October 23rd, as a day to stand for kindness, acceptance and inclusion! Pittsville Students wore orange to show their support for Unity, created footprints of change and signed a banner to promote kindness!

Wicomico High School participated in #startwithhello week. They had a week of different activities for students and staff to promote kindness. On their fourth day they did “no one eats alone.” Students made sure no one ate alone at lunch and staff had conversation cards on the tables they could discuss. Staff and administrators even came to participate! Amazing how little acts of kindness can help a student struggling with depression and anxiety!

Parkside High School‘s art classes created kindness boards for Kindness/Anti-Bullying Month. The boards will be on display at this years Dance For Kindness event taking place at the Riverwalk Ampitheater in Salisbury on November 10th, 2019.

Pittsville Elementary and Middle School‘s Kindness club created a”Be the ‘I’ in Kind” wall mural where students are able to take the pledge and show their commitment to showing kindness towards others.

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