The students of Seymour Elementary School have been high-fiving and hugging all through the halls Feb. 15 through Friday.
They have also been complimenting one another and spreading joy.
As part of the national Random Acts of Kindness Week, everyone in the school was spreading the love.
“We call attention to it,” Principal Jody Blessen said. “We’re always looking for the positive.”
Students showed their kindness in all different ways throughout the school week, some starting first thing in the morning.
Fourth-grade school greeters started each morning of Random Acts of Kindness Week saying hello to students as they walked into the building. They also handed out lollipops with a positive message attached: “Smile! This is a random act of kindness!”
“It makes people feel good,” fourth-grader Jennifer Mass said.
The greeters grew in popularity throughout the week.
“I’m really proud of the kids because I challenged them to learn names as they’re greeting,” Blessen said. “Now, the students are looking forward to it. There’s lots of hugs and high fives.”
Other students made posters that hung throughout the school that had tear-off compliments.
“We wrote the compliments and you could tear them off and give them to someone,” sixth-grader Emma Broshar said.
The posters proved popular, with all compliments torn off and handed out. The girls had to create a second round of their posters.
“We made people feel good about themselves,” sixth-grader Emily Bishop said.
Emma said by complimenting someone and making them feel good, it can give everyone a boost.
“You can make yourself feel good by making someone else feel good,” she said.
The school’s student council also had themed dress days with messages about being kind intertwined. For example, children could wear workout and athletic clothing one day because “kindness helps things ‘work out.’”
A fourth-grade class had “secret friends,” similar to a secret Santa, and left encouraging notes to their secret friend all week. They revealed who their secret friend was on Friday and took a walk outside with them.
Blessen is proud of the way the entire school took to Random Acts of Kindness Week.
“We always say ‘Make it a great day’ and that’s what they’ve been doing,” she said.