100 Acts of Kindness Project
The first grade students in Ms. Rusu’s class at Taylor Prairie School worked on spreading kindness wherever they go. They have spent a considerable amount of time learning about different communities and their personal involvement at each level. They have discussed their membership and explored their roles in family communities, classroom communities, grade level communities, school communities, city, state, national, and world communities. They have been working toward giving back to their spheres of influence in multiple ways. In the classroom they celebrate each act of kindness they see with a “shout out”. They thank the person for what they did and record it on their classroom wall to remember all of the kind acts that they have done so far this year. They documented and celebrated each kind act as it arose in our classroom and have expressed the benefit to our classroom community. They have met and exceeded their goal of 100 Acts of Kindness! (We are up to 122 to be exact!)
The kindness project has been extended beyond the four walls of the classroom. These six and seven year olds are partnering with their families and the larger communities to spread kindness. They are going out into the city and across the state to make a positive impact in the lives of strangers. Some examples of their services are: partnering with Scholastic in providing new pajamas and books for homeless children across the country, making sandwiches for homeless families in downtown Madison, collecting cans and donating the cash to a Taylor Prairie family in need, and donating several clothing items and toys to charitable organizations. This group of students has a deep understanding of what it means to belong to a community and to help out in various ways.
The children in this class have big hearts and they are passionate about helping others. The students came alive when they were read stories about Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks and how their decisions to stand up for people made a big impact on their small communities and it spread to help make big changes as part of the Civil Rights Movement. They saw the injustice and many got passionate about doing the right thing. They drew pictures, made posters, wrote letters and journal entries as a way to decompress and get some of those ideas out on paper. Those conversations fueled some new ideas for the class list of kind things they would like to do in our community. They are learning that it only takes one person to make big changes in the world around us.
They are working hard to make a difference within the communities they belong to. If people would like to partner with this amazing class or hear more about their project, you may contact Ms. Rusu at: firstname.lastname@example.org