HES project puts focus on kindness

Students place items on grocery store conveyor belt

As the winter holidays draw near, Herkimer Elementary students and staff are spreading kindness and getting into the spirit of holiday giving.

Show kindness every day

To inspire students to think about kindness, teachers and staff are sharing their thoughts about different ways that people can show kindness each day. Teachers at HES asked students to think about ways they can be kind in their daily lives. Here are some of their responses:

HES “Kindness” Flipgrid

‘Kindness Matters’

The Herkimer Elementary Student Council is collecting donations of new hats, gloves and scarves through Dec. 15 as part of its “Kindness Matters” initiative. Donations can be placed in a box in the school lobby.

Items that are collected through this effort will be shared with Herkimer students, and local families. Student Council members will be sorting the items, and packaging them with positive messages to spread kindness to those who receive them.

Student Council members also shopped for grocery items to put together 15 holiday baskets. The baskets will be given to families in need to help provide a holiday meal.

Helping the helpless

It isn’t just people in the community who are being helped by HES students. Fifth-graders in Mrs. Lowell’s class are collecting items to donate to the Herkimer County Humane Society’s wish list.

“We decided to donate to the Humane Society because we have been inspired by the many posters around the hallways that are labeled #kindnessmatters, as well as the daily announcements reminding us how easy it is to be kind,” Mrs. Lowell’s class wrote.

Donations of blankets, flat sheets, canned dog food, cleaning supplies, cat litter, pet toys, paper towels, towels and wash cloths are being collected in the school through Dec. 20. Donations can be left at the table near the nurse’s office.

The power of giving

Students who participate in holiday giving programs have the opportunity, not only to touch the lives of others, but to develop key skills in the process.

Studies show that students who participate in volunteer activities are more likely to display empathetic behaviors and connect with their peers, while making them less likely to engage in at-risk behaviors.