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Kindness Starts With Me

“Kindness counts and so do you. You never know what your kindness can do.”

~Linda Commito

At Alta Vista Elementary, a Title One school in Sarasota, Florida, we created a kindness program, which we called Kindness Starts With Me.

Here’s how it started.

I asked each class of students, sitting in a circle on the floor: “What does kindness look like? How are you kind at home and at school?”

Cook For My Family | Kindness Starts With Me“Kindness is not calling someone names,” said one student. Another said: “We are kind when we help each other win,” and a third student chimed in, “Kindness is inviting a new student to play at recess.”

At home: “I am kind when I share my toys or read to my little sister or brother,” or “I […]

By |January 26th, 2014|Projects|0 Comments|

Will’s Story

Six year old Will was riding in the car with his mom one day when he noticed a man holding a sign by the side of the road. Although Will was just learning to sound out words, he could make out, “Hungry. Need money.”

“Why is that man asking for money, Mom?” he asked. Nicole explained that not everyone has enough food to eat. “Can I give him some of my money?” Will had his own allowance money, which he had been taught to divide into three categories: spend, save, share. He was considering using his ‘share’ money.

Nicole answered that she thought it was better to give to an organization that would know who needs help and how to best take care of their needs.

Weeks later, Will felt sad when he again noticed someone who needed food. “What is our family doing to help?” he asked. Will’s persistence paid off. […]

By |January 21st, 2014|Stories|0 Comments|

Helping Children to Walk a Path of Kindness

lc-Zuliema-229x300I grew up in easier times. Although most of us never talked about kindness, we lived by The Golden Rule, treating others with respect and caring. It was a simple life where neighbors knew and helped each other, we were safe at home and at school, and we felt cared for, with a roof over our heads, enough food to eat, and someone to turn to in times of trouble.

Fast forward to today’s world where it’s sometimes difficult to feel positive and hopeful – especially after reading the daily news.  How can we create a more loving world for children who may not have the support systems that we grew up with? We can each make a difference in our own unique way. In fact, most often it is the simplest things that people have said or done for us that […]

Alta Vista Cares Sew Much

lc-blankets350x467The library/media room at Alta Vista elementary school is buzzing with activity as class after class come to participate in their school’s service project, Alta Vista Cares Sew Much, spearheaded by their progressive principal, Dr. Barbara Shirley. The individual tables, seating 4 students at each, are piled with large squares of fleece – warm, cuddly, and colorful – which many hands have cut and are now tying together to make throws. One hundred to be exact! Throws that will soon be on their way to St. Pete’s All Children’s Hospital, where they will make the day brighter and warmer for young cancer patients.

The idea for the project was inspired by one of Alta’s Vista’s students, a fifth grader named James, who had been taught to sew by his grandmother, and together had made pillow cases for cancer patients at this same […]