NY Elementary School Children Sprinkle Kindness
‘Tis the season to teach your students how to SPRINKLE KINDNESS.
Was that your first response? I know … it was mine too.
However, these kids are having a blast sprinkling kindness helping those that are less fortunate than they are.
So what does it mean to sprinkle kindness?
Well it all started with Nuska Switze, a New York mom of two children. Once a week she takes her kids out to sprinkle kindness on strangers.
- They put flowers on people’s cars
- They gave food out at shelters.
- They make care packages for the homeless.
- They also delivered toys to a local Children’s Hospital.
What happened next?
A NY elementary school has fun sprinkling kindness
Nuska Switze’s children go to the the Windermere Boulevard Elementary School, in Amherst, NY. Her daughter, Leyla, brought the idea to school. And before you know it, the first grade class was excited about doing it too.
So, who would be the recipients of their sprinkled kindness?
They selected the Compass House in Buffalo.
Notice what little Charlotte Ryan said, “People go there when they don’t have a home.” This shelter helps kids ages 12 to 17 who need a place to sleep for many reasons including running away from abuse or a family’s homelessness due to eviction.
So, what happened next?
It’s Care Package Time
About 130 first graders put together 100 care packages for these children in need.
Each family got involved donating items for the care packages.
- Hand warmers
- Granola bars
- Water bottles.
Can you imagine these first graders making an assembly line to put these care packages together? The children had fun doing a good deed for other children. And that makes everyone happy, doesn’t it?
Focus on giving not receiving this season
In conclusion, is very easy to focus on receiving gifts, isn’t it? However, statistics show that the joy that comes from receiving is temporary at best. It reminds us of the Greatest Teacher that ever lived who said, “There is more happiness in giving than there is in receiving.”
Furthermore, when we teach our children the joy that comes from giving we are doing our part at making this world a better place to live in.
So, could your school do something similar this year?
Why not start your own program to sprinkle kindness in your neighborhood? Pick a non-profit program to support that helps other people.
Here are some ideas:
- Senior citizens home.
- Children’s hospital.
- Children’s shelter.
- Animal shelter
In addition, you will make a difference in the lives of your neighbors as well as your students.
And finally, when children help the less fortunate they are reminded of how grateful they should be for the family and home that they have. So make spreading kindness part of your family culture.
Gratitude is a skill to be taught and learned. Imagine your school being featured in the news next time for sprinkling kindness!
Are you a little curious about how our school holiday shop teaches children to give? See for yourself.