Sue Kiesewetter reports:
The 10 dozen small, white rubber ducks with green wings and ribbons may not stay at Mason High School for long.
Some of the ducks – a gift from the 26 Acts of Kindness group – are headed to a state conference next week for student government leaders.
Some will be offered to residents at Tender Mercies – a shelter for those with mental health issues. Others might go to those who are ill, children at the district’s early childhood center or elsewhere.
“It isn’t about us keeping the ducks. It’s about giving,’’ said history teacher Jerry Schrock, whose freshman homeroom planned the school’s Week of Kindness last month. “This is a good way to keep the kindness going.”
A group of freshmen, their senior sibs and a few adults are working together to make sure Mason High School lives up to its designation as the Kindest School in America by the 26 Acts of Kindness. They want the acts to continue indefinitely.
The organization was launched last 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, Conn.
It was the inspiration for the school’s Week of Kindness, the last week of March. Administrators at 26 Acts of Kindness began a 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 sent Mason High School 10 dozen rubber ducks as part of the Newtown community’s Ducks of Sandy Hook Campaign.
Earlier this week the group held its first meeting to work up plans to continue their effort. Freshman class officers Sachika Singh, Raga Maddela, Rishi Shah and Kim Lyon joined the group and offered to take ducks to a state conference for student government leaders and talk about their project.
“I think we should take the pictures we want of the ducks…(and then) spread them around – share the kindness,’’ said Lyon.
“I think it needs to continue beyond Mason…We can make it expand to all of Ohio and all of the United States,’’ added freshman Ri Moodie.
Moodie and parent Chris McNamee will write a paragraph explaining the significance of the ducks – used by Sandy Hook’s school resource officers to comfort the children and encourage them to come back to school after the shooting – that will accompany the ducks.
The teens also agreed to take pictures with the ducks and post them at twitter and Instagram: #ducksasMHS and on Facebook: facebook.com/26acts or facebook.com/TheDucksofSandyHookElementary
The students are also encouraging classmates to write letters of support for victims injured in the Boston Marathon bombing to 26 Acts of Kindness, P.O. Box 185083, Hamden, CT 06518, for distribution.
The group will meet again after school April 22 to continue their plans.
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