If kind people are your kind of people, then stop by the sixth grade at Leonard Middle School. Kindness is being shown in many different ways. First, there is the Affirmation Wall. Every week, students write kind notes to one another, but they are more than just saying “I like you” or “I think you’re nice.” The students have to be specific, perhaps commenting on how someone may have recently affected them in a positive way, or noticing that someone did really well in a class. Those notes are then put into the student’s “mailbox” on the wall (after being read by a teacher).
Another way kindness is being celebrated is through the Waffle Warrior. The Waffle Warrior is a student who exemplifies kindness. Students complete a Claim, Evidence, Reasoning form that clearly explains why they are nominating a peer for the Waffle Warrior. Again, specific evidence has to be provided to show how someone has been kind. So far, our Waffle Warriors have been Ben Robinson and Calliana Honnell Cronin.
And finally, there is a Kindness Klub being held during sixth grade Cube time. The Kindness Klub likes to perform random acts of kindness and find ways to brighten those long winter days. They have been surprised to find out that they are not only giving joy to others, but also bringing joy to themselves as well.
(Picture of Calliana and Ben with the Waffle Warrior in
front of the Affirmation Board.)