You probably can hum along with the old song, “What the World Needs Now is Love” – and some very awesome Minnesota 5th graders acted on that in a big way this year. They started the Kindness Club, giving up recess once a week to meet and talk about ways to spread kindness in their school. In the halls of Parker Elementary, you’ll find a box for random acts of kindness, a hallway sign that reads, “Bullies not allowed in our house”, and stickers on lockers with affirmations for the littlest students. Sometimes their outreach is more subtle – maybe as simple as stopping to give attention to a kindergartener crying in the hall. The StarTribune did an excellent article on their amazing year of kindness. I think we can all learn from these kind kids!
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