One week every February is dedicated to Random Acts of Kindness, as a way to promote caring and compassion in our world.
This year, students at the Village Library have been learning about kindness and encouraged to take part in these random acts. Each time a student engages in an act of kindness, they are asked to write it down on a piece of paper and add it to a chain which hangs in the Library's entryway. By mid-week, students had added more than 40 links to the chain.
The children have looked for ways to be kind at school and home. Their acts have included saying hello to a new student, helping someone with their homework, helping a teacher carry books, giving someone a hug, opening a door for a teacher, and buying pencils for fellow students who don't have them.
This project not only helps the children learn to be more compassionate, but it also has the practical goal of giving them an opportunity to practice their writing skills. Their compassion and writing skills were also put in to practice this month by sending handmade valentine's to the school's military pen pal (a relative of the Assistant Director) who is currently stationed in Bahrain.