Pay It Forward
Kindness ‘random’ at KJH

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Kings seventh-graders left to right: Claire Ruddy, Camryn Hoelle, and Sophie Zaso are performing random acts of kindness.

Carley Stelmack

C. Stelmack

As the end of the school year approaches, KJH students are participating in Project Kindness.

Project Kindness is “a program designed to get kids to look around them and notice that they can contribute to the world around them,” according to KJH teacher, Cathy Malone.

Each day students are encouraged to perform a random act of kindness. Then they write down their good deed on a piece of paper and eventually make a chain out of all the acts of kindness to show how many feet worth of kindness was committed.

“My goal is for youth to see that they can make a positive impact in lives, and that it does not take a huge act,” stated KJH teacher Andrea Kaercher.

The teachers are attempting to make a point that small acts can go a long way, and it doesn’t have to be something dramatic to make a difference in someone’s life.

“Being kind is an incredible power that all people should utilize,” said Kaercher.

To kick off the program KJH invited Bengals coach, Marvin Lewis, to speak to the students at KJH. According to Malone, Lewis talked to the students about working together despite differences to produce success.

He also cited several examples of how he’s seen some of his players come together to help make the team better.

To motivate the kids they will receive a certificate at the end that will state their completion of the 30 acts in 30 days.

Seventh grader Sophie Zaso feels it is important to perform an act of kindness each day because it makes people feel better about themselves, and it might influence them to be kind too.

Zaso feels this has had a positive effect on her and her classmates because she has noticed people becoming much nicer to each other

“Project Kindness has affected me and my school because people have started to appreciate their peers more”

Malone says that it is her job as an educator to prepare students to become productive members of society, the ultimate objective in mind when Project Kindness was adopted.

“Those comments do not just come out of textbooks. They come from encouraging students to fulfill their duties when it comes to making the world a better place.”

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