By Beth David, Editor
Both elementary schools in Fairhaven, The LL Wood School and the East Fairhaven School, are committed to making each student feel welcome and part of the wider community. Last week both schools participated in the “Great Kindness Challenge.”
As part of that effort, members of the community were invited to join a “Kindness Tunnel,” a human tunnel giving high-fives and fist bumps students as they entered the building.
EFS greeted students with a tunnel last Thursday, 1/31, and Wood School held theirs on Friday, 2/1.
According to its website, The Great Kindness Challenge is a “proactive and positive bullying prevention initiative that improves school climate and increases student engagement.
It is one week of students performing as many acts of kindness as possible on campus.
“All kids deserve to learn in a safe, supportive and caring environment,” reads the website. “The Great Kindness Challenge provides a powerful tool that actively engages students, teachers, administrators, families, and communities in creating a culture of compassion, acceptance, unity, and respect.”
The program provides a checklist of 50 challenges for students in different grades to complete. In Fairhaven. students collected gloves, mittens, socks, and hats for the New Bedford Homeless Advocates; created compliment cards for their buddies; collected money for Kind Coins for Liberia; EFS students made posters for the Wood School and decorated their halls with them.
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