Second-graders Learn the Importance of Kindness
Second-graders recently learned how a small act of kindness can create a ripple effect, spreading kindness to many others. Lotspeich school counselor Seraphine Schomber spoke to students about kindness and read the book, “Each Kindness,” by Jacqueline Woodson. “I do this lesson toward the beginning of the school year to help start the conversation about how our actions impact others in a positive or negative way,” Schomber said. “I want students to realize that they can impact others through acts of kindness, no matter how small.” Schomber and her students discussed the book as they read. “Each Kindness” is told by a young girl named Chloe, who, along with her friends, is unkind to a new student named Maya. Maya moves away, and Chloe realizes she should have been kind to Maya, but missed the opportunity. Schomber told students the book illustrates how important it is to be kind to others. She asked second-graders to think of something kind to do for someone else before the next guidance class and gave students a “Kindness Bingo Card” to fill out as they completed nice acts.