Wing Elementary School students celebrated World Kindness Day by studying what it means to be a kind and thoughtful individual. School social worker Allison Siegal Rutsky explained that the day’s activities “support social-emotional learning and teach students to do acts of kindness” on a regular basis.
The school’s kindergarten and first grade students brainstormed with their teachers about what “kindness” means to them. Teacher Justin Lollo read Rana DiOrio’s book “What It Means to be Kind” and asked his students to think about how the author highlights different acts of kindness throughout the story. They also shared one way in which they have recently shown kindness to others. Likewise, teacher Katie Fuller read Todd Parr’s “Kindness Book” and charted the student’s reflections on kindness using a circle map. The activity culminated with each student drawing a photo of themselves doing an act of kindness or writing a sentence about being kind on a decorated feather. The feathers were collected and placed into the shape of a Thanksgiving turkey.