Kindness is power. That’s the slogan fifth grader Isaiah Ying came up
with for the Rolling Green Elementary School Kindness Club. The club is made up of nearly 50
fourth and fifth graders who give up their recess to spread kindness around the
school. To join the club, students were encouraged to perform three kind acts.
To remain a club member, they must complete at least one additional act weekly.
Some of the kind things the club has done:
-made birthday cards for students and
-made banners for staff for different
appreciation days/weeks (a group of girls even wrote a song to perform in honor
of our Assistant Principal Kristina Miller!)
-wrote thank you notes for the maintenance
workers and the lunch aides
-left encouraging messages on all the desks in
empty classrooms (so when the class returns from recess, everyone had a note
reminding them they’re special and not to give up)
-read to students in the PLUS (special
-produced anti-bullying skits and created
presentations to give to classes on the power of kindness
-created a Kindness Tree that students can fill
with the kind things they’re doing outside of the club
I’m amazed at the thoughtfulness and creativity
of the students. They’re constantly brainstorming ways to spread inclusivity
and compassion in both the school and the community at large. Lack of time and
resources has limited what’s been possible, but the students continue to do
something daily to brighten someone’s day.
Thanks to a generous donation from Woodman’s the students were able to create snack bags for
the homeless. They decorated brown paper lunch bags with drawings and
inspirational messages and filled them with water bottles and snacks. Our
school resource officer, Officer Drager, picked up the snack bags and took them
to the District 2 station for police officers to hand out as needed. Since the
pickup coincided with National Police Appreciation Week, the students had a
banner ready for Officer Drager, too!
In just a few short months the Rolling Green
Kindness Club has done a great job spreading joy and modeling compassion. The
popularity of the club continues to grow, as do the stories of the impact the
kind acts have had on others, showing that kindness is indeed power.
Students who are new to RPS 205 must first enroll in the district.
The state released formal guidelines on Tuesday about what in-person learning will look like this fall.
This message might not surprise you, but we wanted to share our disappointment with our students and graduates.
RPS 205 teachers and students will comply with all Illinois Secretary of State and Illinois Department of Public Health guidelines.
Please enroll for the 2020-21 school year before July 10.
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