This aerial view of the playground area at Jerabek Elementary School shows the students lined up to spell “be kind” during recent Kindness Week events. (courtesy of Laura Stephens)
Kindness Week spreads message of compassion
This is the third year of the Kindness Week program at Jerabek Elementary School. Jerabek Elementary focuses on creating a sustained culture of kindness throughout the school, the students and the community. This happens three times a year when there is a focused week with classroom activities, at-home participation with parents, community projects and a celebration rally on the Friday of each Kindness Week to celebrate the success of all the efforts.
The final Kindness Week rally of this school year included a special celebration with the entire student population, staff, faculty and special guest speakers. The kids enjoyed music from the school’s local community partner DJ Mr. Tim, as well as a speaker from local fitness club Fitness Quest 10 who spoke about the importance of kindness to yourself, your body, the environment, your community and more. Jerabek Elementary students were in a special formation at the rally in the shape of the words “be kind.”
Activities for Kindness Week are funded by sponsorships as well as the Jerabek Elementary Family Faculty Organization. The goal is to create and sustain a culture of kindness at Jerabek Elementary in which students treat themselves, peers, teachers, their families and the environment with care and compassion.