FAYETTE — First-grade teacher Melissa Savage at Fayette Central School is hoping to spread a little more kindness this holiday season. Ms Savage set up a message board in early December with a daily activity to help spread kindness. She thinks December is the best month because “the whole idea of teaching kids about kindness at Christmas is to [help them] back to the true meaning of Christmas.
“They were all great activities!” she says when asked what her and her students’ favorite kindness activity has been so far. They made individual little gifts for staff members such as Concierge Jim, Head Chef Mr. B and Principal Morin. They wrote letters to nursing home residents and made gifts for their parents.
When giving these gifts, Savage prompts her students by asking them to think about how it made them feel and how it made the recipient feel. Her students began using the analogy of a story they read about “filling their buckets” to explain that the recipient was happy and has a “full bucket” because of their small act of kindness.
They also made snowflakes to decorate the school and she mentioned that one of the most shocking reactions to one of the activities is the one that asks students to play with other friends during recess with whom they don’t usually play. Savage mentions that the students are nervous about this task and step out of their comfort zone by playing with their usual friends. However, it’s a great extra step that goes along with the Buddy Bench that sits on the playground.
The students mention that their favorite activity has been making presents for their parents. The hardest part was playing with a new friend on the playground. Two students were seen arriving very excited one morning and they walked straight to the kindness board to see what the activity of the daytime.
Thank you to Mrs. Savage for bringing extra kindness to our CP students at Fayette Central School!
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