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Kindness and The Giving Tree

We had the opportunity to catch up with some Grade 3 students and learn about their work with kindness.

Teacher Brandy Garcia shares:

The idea behind the 100 Acts of Kindness is that we’re taking notice of what’s around us, observing closely -as researchers we’re accustomed to this way of life- and hoping to catch something that needs to be done.

To get the kindness ball rolling in the right direction, tomorrow we will share our proposed acts of kindness with one another. When we notice someone else doing something kind, it makes us think about how we have seen or experienced something similar and how we can also take action in a similar way. Once we’ve shared these ideas and proposals for acts of kindness -be they big or small- we all of a sudden are held accountable by our peers as they ask, “Hey, how did that dish drying go yesterday?” “Was it hard to pick up all the trash on your block this week?” Our acts of kindness create a community of kindness because invariably it feels nice to make your community a better place. As one child put it today, “I’m going to make this a habit. It felt really awesome to help my dad and he was super happy!” 

So, in conjunction with our reading of the book Because of Winn Dixie, which portrays a tree with bottles filled with notes of things to hold dear…we will fill our Giving Tree with bottles of love and kindness. Every act celebrated and held dear. 

In the coming days the tree will continue to grow and grow with bottles and kindness.