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Kicking Off Kindness Month at Lockhart
“Be the ‘I’ in Kind” is the motto for February at Lockhart Elementary School, but the goal is that the message resonates with children well beyond the 29 days. All students and staff gathered for an assembly on Feb. 3 which focused on kindness.
Principal Dr. Michael Yannucci read “We’re All Wonders” by R.J. Palacio which is about seeing people for who they are on the inside, not the outside. He explained that kindness begins with one person, and told students that their actions and words can make a positive difference in the lives of others.
One addition to the Lockhart lobby is the “Be the ‘I’ in Kind” wall. It features the letters K-N-D along with a blank space, so students can stand in as the “I.” Dr. Yannucci told students that when they stop to stand in front of the sign, they should remember why they are there and think of ways to spread kindness.
Social worker Kerry Rivera also noted the new Post-it Pick-me-up board that includes positive and inspirational messages. Students and staff members can pick a note off the board to give to a friend or colleague as a way of brightening someone’s day.
Kindness will also be a theme in the library. Tara Gonzalez, Lockhart’s library media specialist, will be reading books to students throughout the month that fit in with the theme including “Each Kindness” by Jacqueline Woodson, “Only One You” by Linda Kranz, “One” by Kathryn Otoshi and “Be a Friend” by Salina Yoon. Additionally, first graders will be painting kindness rocks, which they will place around the community during winter recess.