Q1. What has inspired you to continue your acts of kindness?
The Kindness Crew has always vowed to continue our work in kindness as a mission of our school and now as our very own 501(c)3 non-profit organization. We see the vital importance that kindness has in our school, our community, and especially now during these trying times, in our world. These last few months through the pandemic we have seen the results of trauma, isolation and loss of our school community. There is fear surrounding people and many have lost loved ones. I think this kindness campaign has continued to inspire us to be creative and think outside the box to continue our traditions of spreading kindness, highlighting kindness, and bringing kindness into our school and greater community.
Q2. What type of events took place today and this year so far?
This year we returned to school missing our Senior Class and leaders of our Kindness Crew. We had to think quickly to recruit new members, contact our current members, and find the best way to continue our communications and work in kindness. Of course, with the many barriers of Covid this took us some time, but without a doubt we made it happen!
We have been able to carry out our kindness waves per usual. Our first wave included welcoming our new secondary network team members who now share the building with us. We surprised them with mini pumpkins, a sweet note, and a JSEC Kindness bracelet. We then carried out some community Kindness Waves by showering the parking lots of Mary Fogarty Elementary School, Roger Williams Middle School, PPSD Registration Center, Young Woods Elementary school and Broad Street Elementary school with our famous Kindness post-its to welcome teachers and staff to their cars at the end of their work day.
We have completed Kindness waves for our amazing maintenance staff, our lunch/cafeteria crew, our office and secretarial staff and for our entire teaching staff at JSEC thus far. We have also helped with weekly Human Kindness Recognition awards with recognition and announcements, a certificate, and a Kindness Crew bracelet. Today we held our annual World Kindness Day Celebration. We had to think outside of the box, because of Covid requirements, but we are grateful to have permission with review from our Administration to continue with the celebration. Friday’s Kindness festivities included:
*KINDNESS RAFFLES: all students and staff got one raffle ticket as a complimentary gift to win some amazing prizes!
(all brought to you by our amazing SW intern Katie)
*KINDNESS WHEEL: Students were able to have the kindness wheel spun for them at lunch to win fun prizes including gourmet candy apples, chocolate covered pretzels and Oreos and can prizes. (all individually wrapped and handled with gloves)
*LUNCH TIME CELEBRATION: The lunch room was transformed into a kindness wonderland with balloons, streamers and posters with the best kindness quotes and affirmations. We played music and visited each table with the fun! (covid requirements) One of our proudest projects we launched today was our
*KINDNESS CREW ELEMENTARY READINGS PROGRAM. We sent out the invitation to elementary schools throughout the Providence district and even received requests from the Warwick, East Providence and many private school districts for our Kindness Crew to read to their classrooms. We are so humbled by the support and interest. Our Kindness Crew members: Mia Fields, McKenzie Pizarro, Shania E, Noel Torres and Gineris Castillo were reading rock stars! They read to over 100 students from 4 different PPSD schools! They did this all virtually. We look forward to continuing this program with weekly readings throughout the remainder of the school year, with the hopes to one day visiting schools in person as we did before! We are also hosting in collaboration with the Community Development Program.
*THE JSEC TURKEY-GIVING. We had a great donation made by Edward Brady, Cranston City Councilman, and owner of Thirsty Beaver Restaurant, who donated 30 Turkey’s. Now as a community we are hoping to gather enough side dishes and condiments to make each turkey into a whole thanksgiving dinner for 30 JSEC families.