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Highland Drive's Socktober
Socktober - A Huge Success

With the help of the 3rd grade Kindness Club and Mrs. Boczulak, Highland Drive Elementary participated in the worldwide movement Socktober during the month of October. 1,570 pairs of new socks were collected to be donated to homeless shelters! Way to go Highland Drive!

 
 Mr. Thacker, Highland Drive Elementary physical education teacher challenged the kids to hitting the school wide sock collection goal of 350 pairs and if they were able to meet this goal he agreed to spend a whole day dressed like a bee! He is pictured greeting our students Wednesday morning!
 
Kindness Initiative
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!
Opening Assembly September 9, 2016


 On Friday, September 9th, Ricky Smith, Cleveland native and founder of the worldwide "Random Acts of Kindness Everywhere" (or #RAKE) came to Highland Drive to share his secrets for spreading kindness and how his one little act of kindness - a $5 pizza shared with the homeless and a simple tweet- sparked a movement that is now going on its 3rd year. He now motivates thousands of people to get out and do one kind act a day that brings kindness to someone else's day. A comedian and writer for Cartoon Network by trade, Ricky travels the country spreading his message while doing his various acts of kindness including visiting Ronald McDonald Houses making meals and throwing parties for the families, organizing people to make over 2,000 lunches in a single day to pass out to the homeless and throwing "Senior Proms" at nursing homes. His good deeds have caught the eye of such news outlets as Men's Health Magazine, WKYC-3 and he even has is own McDonald's Commercial!
His time at Highland Drive Elementary included a visit to music class with Mr. Stamatis, a quick stop in Mr. Wilson's first grade class and a Q&A session with Mrs. Adam's 2nd grade. During the upbeat assembly he was able to share with the kids thateveryone has a little something, a special talent such as singing, joke telling, etc, that they can share with the world to help make it a kinder place! Everyone did some joke telling, an impromptu beat boxing session that made the whole school smile and a commitment from Ricky that he will check in with Highland Drive to make sure we are spreading kindness all year long! We appreciate his commitment to our year of #kindkids!

 

1st Grade Kindness Videos
Mrs. French 1st Grade Kindness

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Mr. Wilson's Kind Kids

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Miss Chilcott's Kind Kids

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Mrs. Brinkman's Kind Kids

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Ricky Smith Opening Assembly
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