As we approached Thanksgiving last month, students were asked to reflect in a couple different ways about all they have and to share with others in unique ways. Through Mission: Give Back to Others, students were inspired to be introspective of their relationships with others around them and to perform “an act of random kindness”- to do something right and good without expecting a “thank you” or a reward. They were asked to perform these acts anonymously, but a few good deeds were noted. One student drew an inspirational picture for a student who had been injured. Other sent notes expressing appreciation to their teachers. Ms. Townsend, 7th grade paraprofessional, said she received an anonymous note which she characterized as “the sweetest note ever.” Staff noted more students holding doors open and asking if help was needed. One of the kindnesses went a bit public when some 7th grade girls asked if they could “mentor” Lower House students, by reading to and with them. This was arranged and students still meet periodically.
In another activity, students were encouraged to consider all they are grateful for in their lives. To bring this to life, students created “Thanksgiving Trees” in the building with leaves displaying words or phrases of things or people for which they are most grateful.
Here are some photos – of students mentoring and of Thanksgiving Trees.
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