Thank you to Ruth Ayres for providing this space to share our celebrations. Please join us and share your own!
"Hi Ms.Haseltine!! Long time no see! How are you? I wanted to let you know that today my mom's friend is coming home from California to an un-shoveled driveway. I have a huge group of friends and we call our self, "The Squad" and it seems to be falling apart. :( I saw one of your posters from random acts of kindness in the 6th grade locker room and I thought of an idea! What if our "Squad" went to go shovel her driveway as a way to do a project together and hopefully help us stay as a group of friends!"
I don't need to explain how amazing this felt. This student has always been kind and thoughtful. I love that she decided to help someone else and her group of friends at the same time. My response encouraged this experience and asked for pictures!
We exchanged a couple more emails and she ended by saying, "I loved this project and it did help bring our group closer together, although a girl in our group has been feeling down so this project inspired me to make her a 'Box of Sunshine:)' Thank you so much! It means a lot that you took time to listen. :)"
She wanted someone to hear this idea. She asked for encouragement and look where she went. A woman who was away during this storm arrived home to a shoveled driveway, sidewalk and stairs, thanks to this group of seventh graders. As someone who lives alone, I know what this means. The student told me, "It went great! we ended up shoveling more then just her driveway:) she came home super happy and had told us we had made her year! Doing this felt so good and made me want to do more things like this."
It's powerful. KINDNESS is powerful! Show kindness today. Look into someone's eyes as you say hello. Smile. Hold the door open. Stop and let someone else go first. Shovel someone out. Make a box of sunshine. You could be the one to change someone's day. Just look at what this group of middle school students accomplished!