Harold Hatcher Living Rainbow
To celebrate the culmination of a week of Kindness at Harold Hatcher, the students and staff created a living rainbow.
During Kindness Week, students and staff worked to make the school and community a place where kindness ruled. Through pay it forward acts of kindness, to compliments, kindness pledges, illustrations of kindness sayings, bulletin boards about kindness and writing thank you notes and sticky note compliments to one another and members of the community, the theme of kindness was taught and reinforced. Positive feelings and ways to help others feel good was the prevailing sentiment for the week and the students loved it.
Embedded in the week was Pink Day which is a day to raise awareness about bullying prevention. The staff felt that one of the best ways to combat bullying was to help students to think about how they treat one another. If kindness is the action, then bullying is less able to occur.
Our theme song for the week was “Nothing More” by the Alternate Routes. Our music teacher Kristen Hepworth and our physical education teacher Kyle Gough performed the song live for our students with the help of members of the HH voluntary choir. As well, two students put together a Harold Hatcher video of students performing everyday acts of kindness at the school. The video was set to the music and everyone enjoyed seeing kindness in action. Students lived out the words of the song….”To be humble, to be kind. It is the giving of the peace in your mind…We are love. We are one. We are how we treat each other when the day is done” from” Nothing More” by The Alternate Routes.
The rainbow idea stemmed from our paper rainbow of kindness hanging on a wall at Harold Hatcher. Students recognize others doing acts of kindness and then write that name on the rainbow. It has been a lovely symbol for all and a very positive way for students to recognize one another. Thus to cap off our week we created a living rainbow to show that as a community we believe in kindness and the positive affect it has on one another. In conclusion here are a few quotes about kindness….
“No act of Kindness is ever wasted”-AESOP-
“How beautiful a day can be when kindness touches it”-George Elliston-
“Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring and integrity, they think of you”-H. Jackson Brown Jr.-
“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible” –Dalai Lama-
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the Kindness Committee by
Guidance Counsellor Harold Hatcher