Adopting a pro-active approach in working with its students on good character, Waxahachie ISD will celebrate its first Random Acts of Kindness Week from Jan. 26-29.

The weeklong slate of campus activities incorporates the district’s Six Pillars of Character program and culminates with a district-wide, all-campus celebration from 7-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, at the high school’s Fine Arts Center.

“It’s district-wide for all of us to come together – students, their families and school staff – to do random acts of kindness,” lead counselor Jean Baskin said on behalf of the district’s 16-member counselor team, which has been developing the project since October.

Throughout the week, each campus has set up several activities intended to infuse students with a passion for random acts of kindness.

As an example, Finley Seventh Grade Center students will work with Olive Garden and the pasta for Pennies campaign to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

For three weeks starting Jan. 26, students will bring in spare change to go toward a cure for blood cancers such as leukemia, which strikes more children and adults younger than the age of 20 than any other type of cancer.

The society’s North Texas chapter has set a goal of $600,000, with Finley students joining with other North Texas schools in an effort to exceed last year’s total of $570,000.

At Northside Elementary, students will continue with their Random Acts of Kindness program by nominating classmates for an award for having demonstrated good citizenship and performing selfless acts.

Other campuses’ activities planned for this week include a “Wear Red, White and Blue or Camouflage (to) Show Support to our Armed Forces Day” and wearing crazy socks and or slippers on “Sock it to Bullying Behavior and Slip into Good Choices Day.” One of the campuses is conducting a food drive and another has set up a Giving Tree – any student found doing a random act of kindness will have his or her name added as a leaf to the tree.

Thursday night’s celebration will be emceed by Deputy Superintendent David Truitt, with a proclamation to be read by Mayor Ron Wilkinson commemorating the special week.

The high school’s drama department will perform a vignette addressing the topic of “Bullying,” with an FBI community outreach specialist to address the audience on “Laws and Consequences of Cyberbullying: Real-life Situations.”

Several choirs will perform during the event: an elementary choir comprised of students from all campuses, the Finley Seventh Grade School choir and the high school choir. The three groups will perform individually and then join together on stage for a grand finale.

The community is invited to attend Thursday’s event.

“We want our community to be a part of this effort,” Baskin said.  “As counselors, we look forward to participating in this program with our students and their families.”

For more information about WISD’s Random Acts of Kindness Week, contact any of the district’s campus counselors as listed below:

• Marvin Elementary – Ginger Robinson – 972-923-4670

• Dunaway Elementary – Jennifer Wilson – 972-923-4646

• Felty Elementary – Carrie Andrews – 972-923-4616

• Northside Elementary – Anita Barnes – 972-923-4610

• Shackelford – Tammy Hill – 972-923-4666

• Wedgeworth Elementary – Rikki Morrow – 972-923-4640

• Clift Middle School – Misty Cox – 972-923-4720

• Finley Seventh Grade Center – Tami Burleson – 972-923-4680

• Howard Eighth Grade Center – Martha Cunningham – 972-923-4771

• Waxahachie Ninth Grade Academy – Joe Moore – 972-923-4780

• Waxahachie High School – Kristi Slate – 972-923-4600

• Waxahachie High School – Susan Schmidt – 972-923-4600

• Waxahachie High School – Kristy Cameron – 972-923-4600

• Waxahachie High School – Christie Noonkester – 972-923-4600

• Waxahachie Global High School – Jean Baskin – 972-923-4761

• Challenge Academy – Pam Kennedy – 972-923-4695

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