Waxahachie schools have been busy this week promoting random acts of kindness.

One of the highlights was a special program Thursday night at the Waxahachie High School Fine Arts Center. 

Northside Elementary School counselor Anita Barnes said the idea behind the campaign is to encourage local student bodies to be aware of the need to exhibit good character and to perform random acts of kindness as a lifestyle.

“When we teach children to give to others rather than to engage in bullying others, we are placing into their cognition, the acts of doing something positive for others rather than negative – to focus on compassion and morale character,” Barnes said.

Marvin Elementary School counselor Ginger Robinson and the faculty held several activities to promote the campaign at their school.

“Each day this past week, we had special activities for the students,” Robinson said. “On Monday, we had a ‘hats off to all WISD workers.’ We also encouraged them to send thank you cards to paraprofessionals such as bus drivers, crossing guards and maintenance workers in the school system.”

She said one day was “take care of yourself day” and students were encouraged to wear their favorite color and to take a card home which said “I am special because” and have the parents to finish the sentence. The students were to wear it to school the next day.

Carrie Andrews, school counselor at Margaret Felty Elementary, said they were engaged in the same promotions as Marvin Elementary, with the exception of encouraging their students to bring their favorite object from home and speak to their classes about it.

Finley Seventh Grade Center, under the direction of Tammy Burleson, school counselor, promoted the campaign by having its students show their kindness by working with Olive Garden and participating in the Pasta for Pennies campaign benefitting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

“For three weeks, beginning Jan. 26, our students are asked to bring their spare change to go toward helping to find a cure for leukemia and lymphoma and saving the lives of people touched by these diseases,” Burleson said.

Northside Elementary has been engaged in the Random Act of Kindness campaign since the beginning of the school year.

“We have a ‘kindness tree’ in the cafeteria for students to place a heart-shaped leaf on,” Barnes said. “When students catch each other performing a good deed, they are given a leaf so they can nominate another student and the leaf is placed on the tree.”

She said teachers who see a student perform a random act of kindness write it on a card and have the student take it home to his or her parents. The students are also participating in a campaign to send home-baked goods and other items to military personnel.

For more information or details about the Random Acts of Kindness program in Waxahachie schools, contact any campus counselor.

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