At PES second grade students practice “Being the Change” by sharing kindness.
What began with the reading of the book, “The Man with the Violin” by Kathy Stinson, ended with twenty-three students having a better understanding of how a little bit of kindness goes a long way. The book is based on the true story of Joshua Bell, the renowned American violinist who graciously took his instrument down into the Washington D.C. subway for a free concert. Parkway second grade teachers, Mrs. Cline and Ms. Porreca created a lesson and project where their students would hear about how someone sharing their kindness brought happiness to another person, and then have the opportunity to replicate the experience for themselves.
Each student was given $1 and instructions to give it to someone else in order to help them. Students were then asked to create a poster to explain and display what they did. A notice was sent home to parents explaining the project and how there would be a sharing celebration where every student could report back how they shared kindness.
Student experiences included giving the money to homeless people, donations to a variety of charitable organizations (ASPCA, Leukemia Society, TASK, Ronald McDonald House, ShopRite, Simple Wish) and buying items for family members.
During the sharing celebration each student had an opportunity to go to the microphone and speak before their peers. The students in the audience were able to share compliments with their peers after each experience was presented. The compliments were typed up by the teachers and given to each student as a compiled list. At the end of the celebration the students had a snack of juice and personalized heart shaped cookies reminding them that true kindness comes from the heart.