As you may know by now, I love stories about children who behave like little angels.
We all have read the stories about youth who behave badly. Let’s not forget there are lots of wonderful and caring children. And let’s not forget that simple acts of kindness and words of appreciation and encouragement are powerful.
That’s why I was excited to see this news release submitted to the Tyler Paper from Dawn Parnell, communications director of Tyler Independent School District.
Here it is.
Students at Ramey Elemen-tary School recently celebrated International Random Acts of Kindness Week by showing simple acts of kindness to each other, their family members and the community.
The students wrote cards thanking friends, teachers and family members for the special things they do, collected canned food for those in need, and ended the week creating Valentine cards for the Senior Citizen’s Center in Tyler.
“It has been said, ‘Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly, and most underrated agent of human change,’” Michelle Jarnagin, principal at Ramey, said (in the news release). “With more than 700 random acts of kindness in just one week of activities, I am once again in awe of the compassion shown by the students and staff of the most fantastic Ramey Elemen-tary!”
During the week, the school collected 361 pounds of canned food to donate to People Attempting to Help’s (PATH) Souper Bowl food drive.
To illustrate how many pounds of food this actually is, teachers informed students the amount was equivalent to nearly one and a half baby elephants.
Students, parents and teachers also spent the week writing words of encouragement and thanks to each other, and wrote the words on special cards to hang in the hallways. By the end of week, 729 cards adorned the hallway walls.
One card addressed to Brysen from Dad read, “Thank you for being a great son and doing your homework without me telling you to every day.”
Another card addressed to Merili from Jenifer said, “Thank you for being my friend and I want to thank you for helping me sometimes with my work.”
To finish the week, the students created about 70 Valentine cards to share with senior citizens.