GREENFIELD, Ind. (WISH) — One elementary school is teaching their children more than math, science and reading, they’re teaching kindness.
Mt. Vernon Elementary School participated in a “Pass It Forward Day.” On Jan. 15, each student in the elementary school was given a “Pass it Forward” card.
According to a release, cards read “You have received a ’Pass It Forward’ card. This means that someone has completed a good deed for you and they wish nothing in return. All they want is that you pass on this card, along with a good deed to someone else in need. It can be as big or small a deed as you would like to make it. You can ‘Pass It Forward’ anytime you like. If you decide not to ‘Pass It Forward,’ then no one will know but you. We hope your day has been made a little bit brighter by someone’s heartfelt gesture.”
The school is hoping that these cards will inspire students to be kind to one another and do something kind for someone else.
The students exceeded expectations. The kindnesses spread quickly throughout the community.
Students of all ages participated.
Mason, a kindergartner, collected a basket of toys and he is giving them to children who don’t have many toys.
Drew, a first grader, decided to do a kind deed for a man that her mother works with. He is always kind to her when she is with her mom at work and she wanted to do something for him. So she brought him breakfast at work.
And Aubry, a second grader, put quarters in the carts at Aldi. She said her favorite part in completing her act of kindness was the elderly man that got her card. He then turned around and gave the card and the free cart to the woman behind him, not knowing that his cart also had a free quarter in it.
“The random acts of kindness are unlimited; the deeds do not have to cost money,” Mt. Comfort Elementary Principal, Heather Whitaker said. “The kindness deeds can be for a friend, neighbor or stranger, simply because Mt. Comfort children care.”
The initiative originally began in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and has since spread to other schools in the district.