Kindness isn’t just an action, it’s a superpower. That was the message to students at McKenna Elementary School, who attended the Cultivate Kindness assembly on Sept. 22, presented by the ReesSpecht Life Foundation.
Presenter Rich Specht told students in third, fourth and fifth grade a story about his family and how they were the recipient of an incredible act of kindness. In response, he, his wife and his children went on a mission to “pay it forward” with at least 500 random acts of kindness. He shared how small gestures can make a big difference and reminded students that their kindness can change the world.
In his presentation for grades K-2, Mr. Specht shared his book, “A Little Rees Specht Cultivates Kindness,” about a young boy who discovers how kindness is like a seed and it can grow through good deeds. The book was written in honor of his 22-month-old son.
The assembly was presented in partnership with the McKenna PTA. Principal Dr. Amanda Lowry and Assistant Principal Mary Anne Ferraro said the goal of the assembly was to set a positive tone at the beginning of the school year and watch kindness spread throughout McKenna.