By Heather Lusk
Miss Indiana Morgan Jackson spoke to the students at Stonegate Elementary on National Random Acts of Kindness Day on Feb. 17 and asked them to make good choices that would lead them toward the things they want to do in life.
“Each one of you has special gifts,” she told the kindergarten through fourth graders.
She encouraged them to hold onto those gifts and their dreams and to make good choices to get there.
“When you are making a choice I want you to remember, is this going to take me toward the thing I want to do or away from the thing I want to do?” she said. Jackson then led the students in reciting a promise that they will make choices that will lead them toward the things they want to do.
“I love to help them think about things like kindness,” Jackson said of why she enjoys speaking to elementary-aged children.
“You have no idea how much being kind can change a person’s life,” she said.
Her visit was part of Kindness Week at the school that will be capped by a visit by the country music duo The Hobbs Sisters, who will perform in A Little Bit of Country Kindness concert Feb. 20 at the Zionsville Performing Arts Center.
In preparation for Kindness Week the entire school read the book Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson about a girl not treated well at a new school, whose classmates learn the importance of showing small acts of kindness. Parents and community members recorded portions of the book posted to the online system Canvas that teachers then played in their classrooms.
“It’s a good book to get in there and say the time is now, you don’t wait to be kind,” said Stonegate counselor Lisa Cox, who organized Kindness Week.