Camden Elementary School students are spreading love and kindness in a special way this school year.
“Kindness means doing something and not expecting someone to give back to you,” Isabella said.
To these students, kindness has many meanings.
“Kindness means to me is that it is someone being nice to you and it shows that somebody cares about you,” Brooklyn said.
An art project allowed students ranging from pre-K to 4th grade to paint an inspirational message on rocks. Outside of the building, you will find rocks in the colourful Camden Character Corner.
“They are going to have that basis of respect of compassion and we are going to have fewer issues with bullying and with school violence, that by teaching them to be kind right as they start. That’s going to carry with them through the rest of their lives,” said school counsellor Kelly Mirabelli.
Principal Sharon Kirch said these rocks are part of the initiative “Cougars for Character,” which started last year. It helps students learn good character traits and every month a ceremony is held to honour those who demonstrate that behaviour. She said the rock corner helps to focus on the positive instead of the negative with personalized messages.
“The multi-sensory activity it was — to paint and the smell that came with it and the talk, the conversation they had with other kids, the socialization. I believe it will stick with them forever,” she said.
As the school year is almost over, these thoughtful words will stay with each kid.
“If you walk by, you might see and if you are having a bad day, you might just say ‘wow.'”
A good message for them as they continue to grow and learn to spread love and kindness.