Today is World Kindness Day - a day celebrated all around the world to inspire people to focus on how they can be kind to others, themselves, and the planet. This is a made-for-Laurence holiday, if there ever was one! In today's world, we believe that it is incredibly important to raise kind kids - children who want to help make the world a better place and "proactively spread kindness," as one of our teachers recently phrased it.
Today, our Student Ambassadors from the Leadership Elective are spreading kindness around campus. They greeted students at carpool with cheers and positive affirmations, they have posted signs all around campus with positive messages, and they will be spreading kindness around campus all day.
But at Laurence, the focus on kindness isn't limited to just one day! Last month, on Worldwide Anti-Bullying Day, our Laurence community came together for a day of "Spreading Kindness." Our Student Ambassadors spearheaded this campaign by making posters, giving school-wide announcements about the importance of being kind, and by visiting classrooms. In the Kindergarten through 2nd grade classrooms, our ambassadors taught kindness lessons, and they gave presentations to students in grades 3 through 6. Additionally, our Ambassadors encouraged everyone to wear blue as a symbol of our school's pledge to spread kindness each and every day.
Here's a slide from a presentation that a few of our 4th grade Student Ambassadors put together for their lesson:
We strive to "Keep Kind in Mind" every day at Laurence! In fact, my favorite quote is by the novelist Henry James: “Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.” This year's character education theme is Keep Kind in Mind: Kind to Ourselves, Kind to Others, and Kind to Earth. Watch the video below to hear from some of our students about the meaning behind the theme.