Nanaimo students take on the challenge of being more kind to each other

By Spencer Sterritt
January 26, 2018 - 6:11pm

Cilaire Elementary School students worked all week to find new and inventive ways to show they cared. Cilaire Elementary School

All grades took part in the Great Challenge Kindness, helping classes both older and younger than themselves.Spencer Sterritt/NanaimoNewsNOW

Students at Cilaire say there was a definite kind and happy vibe at the school throughout the week.Cilaire Elementary School

NANAIMO — All week, students at Cilaire Elementary School took a few minutes out of their busy days to help others.

It was part of an international effort called the Great Kindness Challenge, asking young students to perform as many acts of kindness as possible. At Cilaire, it was everything from leaving appreciative notes for helpers from other grades to sharpening pencils and making sure other classes had all the supplies they needed.

Maddie Aishia, who led the Grade 7 effort, said they cleaned off all the desks and the room of a younger grade when the students weren't in the classroom and also left notes for the young students.

“It feels really good to be able to spread kindness and know that other people are feeling happy because they have things like that on their desk, or know someone took the time to do that.”

She said the attitude around the school was boosted and happy all week as the classes worked to be kind.

“When you've been stressed the whole week with homework and everything, being able to stop and just do something kind or get something kind back felt awesome.”

The Kindness Challenge has been done in schools all over the world and affected nearly 10 million students, the school district said.


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