Kindness week was held at school from January 14 th to January 18 th as a means of reminding
alumni of the power of their words and providing an opportunity to spread positivity.
Most of us remember the age old saying from our childhoods, “treat people how you would like
to be treated.” It seems, though, as children age, the phrase is completely disregarded.
Instead of creating an atmosphere radiating kindness, some tend to resort to cruelty.
Kindness week was held in opposition of this way of thinking.
To kick off the week, posters created by the members of the FCCLA (Family, Career, and
Community Leaders of America) chapter were hung around the school along with a bulletin
board in the cafeteria.
On Tuesday, students wore shirts saying, “Before You Speak: THINK”. Think is an acronym
standing for: is it True, is it Helpful, is it Inspiring, is it Necessary and is it Kind.
Along with the shirts, members of FCCLA were given two wrist bands with the same text as the
t-shirts. One was to keep for themselves and the other was to give to anyone they saw being kind.
Wednesday, the school’s social worker gave a presentation called “Sticks and Stones”. The
presentation reintroduced the notion of words holding power.
In addition, an anti-bullying video was shown to the entire student body during an assembly.
On Thursday, a poster contest was held where the winner won a $25 gift card.
Finally, Friday students signed a kindness pledge and were given buttons, kindness tokens, and
the remainder of the wrist bands. There were over 250 signatures on the pledge.
A kindness lesson was also taught in out on-site Pre-K.
Kindness week was an enormous reminder to some that words are powerful.
A student and member of FCCLA by the name of Isabella Seefeld informed that kindness week
was “a really good way to remind people to be kind to one another and to think before you
The choice of what words to say should not be taken lightly as words create a connection
between people and are a means of letting others know what is thought of them.
It is the abuse of this discourse that can be a cause of negativity.
“In today’s society, people may forget the language they use because they are accustomed to it,
but it is crucial to be aware,” Nicole Hernandez, member of FCCLA and one of the organizers of
kindness week stated. “If we were all aware,” she continued, “I don’t think people would be as
hurt. It would make a more positive environment with not as much hate and negativity.”
Awareness of words and actions would most definitely make a difference in the way people feel
around one another.
Acknowledgement of the impact everyone can have on society would change the world and
ignorance could burn bridges.
Every person has the choice.