Sue Kiesewetter reports:
Mason High School may just be the kindest school in America.
That’s the feeling of 26 Acts of Kindness, a national campaign launched in December after NBC’s Ann Curry tweeted the idea of being kind to one another in memory of the 20 students and six adults killed in the Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, in Newtown, Ct.
The school’s freshmen class is spearheading a weeklong campaign to have its 800 members perform 4,000 acts of kindness – one act per day, per student, for five days – ending Friday.
“I came into it as a skeptic. I thought the students would not take it seriously,’’ said freshman Danielle Morey. “It touches me to see how it’s caught on. It does make a difference.”
By 8:15 a.m. Friday, the goal had been exceeded, with more than 4,600 acts of kindness performed just by freshman. Each of the 34 freshmen homerooms are also making public service announcements, some of which are posted at YouTube.
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Students are writing each other notes with words of encouragement or praise and placing them on random lockers. They’re helping out at home, babysitting for neighbors, holding doors open for teachers, or just smiling at classmates.
Both teachers and students have pledged to make Mason High School’s freshmen the Class of Kindness and continue the acts of kindness throughout their high school career.
As part of their Week of Kindness, the students are gathering items and money for Tender Mercies, a Cincinnati organization that helps homeless adults with emotional or mental disabilities. So far, $6,300 has been collected or pledged.
Administrators at 26 Acts of Kindness on Thursday began their 26-month campaign encouraging kindness by naming Mason High the first of 26 honorees – one per month – in appreciation of the freshman class’ Week of Kindness.
Together with Newtown, the 26 Acts of Kindness group is sending Mason High School 10 dozen rubber ducks as part of the Newtown community’s Ducks of Sandy Hook Campaign.
Mason students have been asked to take pictures of themselves with the ducks and those pictures will be shared with the students at Sandy Hook through The Ducks of Sandy Hook Elementary Facebook page.
“This has gone beyond my wildest expectations,’’ said Jerry Schrock, a social studies teacher who spearheaded the effort. “As its gained momentum, it’s gotten more serious – the kids are using social media to spread it.”