The Kindness Committee

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The FIRST EVER Kindness Awards were a HUGE SUCCESS!

The Kindness Committee is worked very hard on this year’s culminating project—The Kindness Awards—on Thursday May 23rd. This event was created by the KC as a way to allow members the opportunity to celebrate their efforts of kindness, and recognize the kindness of others we’ve felt along the way.

Congratulations to the 2017 Kindness Award Winners!! Your kindness inspires us!

Dr. Melissa Hairy, Ms. Tracy Mancini, Ms. Sejal Rajan, Sr. Kathy, Ms. Culpeper, Mrs. Montes, and Mr. & Mrs. Kowal

The Kindness Committee has had great success in its first year at Castlewood. Starting in the fall with only 14 members, The KC now has almost 40 members! These student members have shown that they really care about kindness, and have volunteered his/her free time at school to attend meetings and work together in our mission to spread kindness throughout our our school and our community.

 Thus far, the KC has had an amazing positive impact on our students, our school, and the community by participating in various food collections and toy drives. The KC also makes monthly visits to a senior citizen center, where they engage seniors in conversations, games, crafts, chair exercises, and books. We have revamped recess with the Kindness Cone so that all kids have a safe place to go if feeling sad or lonely, and made others aware of the need for acceptance of outward differences, with Difference Day and guest author e-visit from Maria Dismondy.

Through this work, students have taken on leadership roles within the school, made connections with peers in other classes/grades, and discovered the intrinsic value of being kind to others. This kind of work is SO WORTH celebrating!

The KC is a Supporter of Red Nose Day!

Second grade KC members have been learning about child poverty and have been working hard to spread the word around Castlewood. Students have made posters and AM morning announcement speeches to encourage students and staff to contribute to the Red Nose Day Fund. All the money we collected will go directly to providing help to kids that really need it. We are SO PROUD to have raise $441. We will wear our noses with big smiles on May 25th – partly because t’ll feel silly, but mostly because we NOSE that our kindness changed the lives of others.

Our Senior-Junior Visits

Once a month, Castlewood’s Kindness Committee visits Centerlight Senior Center to spread kindness to the seniors that spend their days there. These senior-junior relationships have brought great joy to both parties. While seniors delight in the children’s energy, enthusiasm, and  acts of kindness, the students experience the intrinsic value of performing kind acts for others and make new connections about life, their elders, and their community.

On our most recent trip, Kindness Committee members shared a book about friendship. Senior-junior partnerships than discussed themes within friendship, including stories from their own life experiences. Groups then enjoyed a friendly game of Family Feud. Fun was had by all!

Enjoy these photos from our experience!

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