A new club at Boulevard Elementary School is taking an active role in spreading kindness to others. Appropriately titled the Kindness Club, student members have been doing good deeds to build a more caring climate and make a positive impact in their school and community since the start of the school year.
“We set out this year to simply spread kindness to our community,” said Kaylyn Akey, a third grade teacher who serves as an adviser for the Kindness Club.
To promote kindness in the month of November, the club provided Thanksgiving meals for nine local families in need. With money collected during a staff dress down day, the Kindness Club was able to purchase all the fixings associated with a typical Thanksgiving meal, including mashed potatoes, stuffing, corn, beans, cranberry sauce, biscuits, gravy and pies, while Hannaford generously donated nine 20-pound turkeys. Club members worked together to arrange the meals for each family, packing the boxes and making each family a turkey craft to go inside.
The Kindness Club’s first project showed support for the emergency personnel who were first on the scene of the Schoharie tragedy. Again with money raised during a staff dress down day, the club bought gift cards for the first responders and made heart-felt cards and pictures that were sent along with the gift cards.
“Our staff here at Boulevard has been incredible when we have asked them to support our endeavors,” Akey said. “Our first project was not scheduled unlike the others; but in light of that tragedy, we felt we needed to spread kindness to those involved.”
The Kindness Club has a rotating membership. Currently, the club is made up of 26 third grade students, but as the year goes on, students from each grade level will have an opportunity to participate in the club for two months. Student club members meet with advisers twice a month on Mondays to plan activities.
The club will help contribute to the school’s Frosty campaign, which provides gifts to families in need during the December holidays. Other kindness projects are in the planning stages, such as Easter Baskets for the Elderly that will occur in the spring.