Rock Creek Forest Elementary School held its third annual Caring Week, a week that reminds students that kindness is free; it takes very little time to be kind; and that when kindness is shared with others, it will be returned in droves.
During the week, students learned about random acts of kindness and how these simple acts make others feel. They created kindness cards for their classmates or for staff members, and were encouraged to include a note about what makes their peers special.
Students also read a story, “Ishi: Simple Tips from a Solid Friend” by Akiko Yabuki. The picture book features Ishi, an optimistic rock who reminds readers to choose and share happiness. The book shares valuable lessons in compassion for yourself and for others. After reading it, students created a class “Ishi” rock.
Students learned about the power of positive affirmations, and designed, created and wrote a postcard affirmation with a simple random act of kindness. Classes will be sending Ishi, their class rock, a letter about Rock Creek Caring Week, and postcards to schools, classrooms and offices throughout MCPS. Students expect that they will receive positive affirmations back.
“We cannot wait to see how far our kindness spreads and the impact it makes on the lives of others in our community,” said Rock Creek Forest counselor Sarah Cohen, who came up with the idea for Caring Week. Class rocks will be placed in the circular friendship garden.
Caring Week aligns with the Be Well 365 initiative.
Student-Athletes Spread Kindness with Bracelets
Student-athletes at Seneca Valley High School spent time at lunch this week making bracelets and writing kind notes to be delivered to children at local hospitals, and invited other students to participate in their efforts.
The idea came from the Captains’ Council, made up of athletes from all of the school’s sports teams. The council plays an important role in the community by participating in service projects, conducting leadership training and boosting school spirit.