The John F. Kennedy School celebrated Kindness Week from Feb. 25 through March 1. Spirit days and meaningful activities were scheduled throughout the week to reinforce the concept of kindness and encourage good deeds.
Students were encouraged to smile, offer high-fives, say “thank you,” give compliments, and perform small, random acts of kindness. Student Council representatives visited classrooms to teach their peers the words and choreography for the song, “Kindness is a Muscle.” The catchy tune reminds children and adults that “kindness is a muscle/work it out, gotta hustle/we kids can show you the way/gotta flex it, every day.” The Student Council and the JFK PTA also sponsored a toy drive during Kindness Week to benefit several children’s hospitals.
As a culminating activity, all classes watched a video that featured highlights from the week’s activities. In the video, students and staff explained why kindness matters and they shared suggestions for small acts of kindness. The entire school sang and danced along with the video as Student Council representatives performed “Kindness is a Muscle.” A full-length version of the culminating Kindness Week video is available on the Kennedy School website at www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/jfk.
The Kindness Week program was sponsored by the Student Council and coordinated by Assistant Principal Michelle Bell and fifth-grade teacher Rebecca Schapira, with support from the entire Kennedy School staff.