By Dawn Pearson
March marked the kickoff of the second annual Kindness Campaign at Prairie Trace Elementary School. During the initiative, students and staff aim to spread kindness to strangers and people they know.
Kindness overwhelming hate is what inspired Jill Schipp, Prairie Trace principal, to launch the initiative.
“Students and staff began spreading kindness to unsuspecting strangers and friends and realized that random acts of kindness inspire those around you,” Schipp said. “We also encourage and teach our students to ‘find their voice’ through leadership and making their community stronger.”
Organizers discovered during last year’s inaugural campaign that the students and families took the acts of kindness outside of the local community, Schipp said, adding that one family bought ice cream for an unsuspecting family on the streets of Mexico and shared their act of kindness on the Prairie Trace Kindness Crew Facebook page. This inspired others to think beyond the Carmel community.
The Kindness Campaign encourages students to develop awareness and empathy for others at a young age so they can carry it through their entire lives.
“It is our responsibility, as community members, to spread positive actions and love for each other in hopes that we will change the world in a positive way,” Schipp said. “The students and staff have quickly learned that one small act of kindness can change someone’s life in a positive way. They realize that kind acts are far more than buying gifts or raising money. Brightening someone’s day and giving a compliment can have a huge impact on someone’s emotional bank account.”
Visit the Prairie Trace Kindness Crew Facebook page to learn more.