Highland Drive Elementary is proud to introduce it's newest initiative: #kindkids!
Last year Highland Drive Elementary was voted a “Cool School” on Fox8 News. This year, we also want to be known as a “Kind School”. As you know, studies show that kindness is indeed contagious. It is natural for people to seek the positive emotions that accompany seeing and doing acts of kindness. It is our hope at Highland Drive Elementary that by introducing this initiative at the elementary level, we can help instill a life-long desire to help spread kindness to others at school, at home and beyond their years after elementary school.
We are excited to announce our new program for the 2016-2017 school year – #kindkids. Throughout the year #kindkids will be offering opportunities for our students to go beyond themselves – for example, participating in October's "Socktober" to collect socks for the homeless, writing letters to veterans for Veteran’s Day and holding a donation drive for winter gear to help people in our own community who may not have proper outerwear.
Our first endeavor has been a school wide bucket-filling project. Thanks to the generosity of the Highland Drive PSO, each classroom has been given a copy of the book “How Full Is Your Bucket For Kids” by Tom Rath, along with red buckets for each student, posters, banners and other mini-incentives, such as pencils, bookmarks and kindness coins. The kids are filling each other’s buckets with kind notes and pictures and incorporating it into their daily classroom routines! Teachers are noticing increased kindness amongst students - just as we hoped! Ask your #kindkid about their bucket filling and how they are helping to fill the buckets of their classmates!