The Porters Point Chain of Kindness Project has two stages. First, for the first three days they were back at school in March, they focused on individual acts of kindness that we do for each other in their classrooms. Then, starting on Monday, March 7th, they focused on acts of kindness that they could do for others outside their classrooms.
Each act of kindness will be represented by a link in a paper chain. Red paper will represent an act of kindness you noticed that someone else did. Yellow paper will represent a kindness that someone does for you.
Strips of red and yellow paper will be everywhere in the school. When someone notices an act of kindness that someone else did, they write it on a red strip of paper. When someone is does a kind act to them, they write it on a strip of yellow paper. Students will give the strips of paper to their teacher. Classes will make chains out of the strips that they have collected that day.
Families can participate, too. They will have strips of paper that students can take home and bring back to include in our chain.
Chains stayed in classrooms until the Friday all-school meeting on 3/4. Teachers designated two students to bring the chain down to the meeting. They then stretched the chain out and celebrated all the acts of kindness that had already taken place at Porters Point School.
Starting on Monday, 3/7, the chains will be hung from the ceiling in the hallway. At the end of each day, students will make chains out of their strips of paper and bring the kindness chains down to the office. Porters Point will start the chain at the front door and see how far they can make their acts of kindness stretch by the end of the week. They will end their Kindness Project with a reflection on how kindness has changed the school and how it has changed each of them. They will do this at their all-school celebration on 3/11.
If you’re looking for some ideas for acts of kindness that spread beyond the walls of the classroom, check out the video list I’ve created called “Kindness Project” on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLF1XFitjVS3X07pdTFa2KmW8I2TufWgMI
For a good overview of the benefits of being kind, check out this Edutopia article entitled, “Why Teaching Kindness in Schools is Essential to Reduce Bullying.” Here’s a link: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLF1XFitjVS3X07pdTFa2KmW8I2TufWgMI
Creating good schools means focusing on the whole child and learnng how to build a healthy community. This project exemplifies it’s imporance in the life of a child.