"No act is too small when it comes to kindness." "Be respectful." "You are one in a minion!"
Eastchester Middle School students wrote these encouraging words on paper during lunch periods last week as part of the school's Kindness Week. Hundreds of notes will form the Wall of Positivity that will be created on the second floor.
Eighth-grader Sofia Giamei drew a Kindness Cowboy - a yellow smiley face wearing a cowboy hat. "It will make people smile," Giamei said.
Students kicked off Kindness Week decorating their classroom doors. Room 222 earned the First Place distinction with balloons and the phrase, "At EMS, we lift each other up!" Another popular activity was Secret Admirer, where students wrote anonymous notes, sharing words they may not be comfortable saying face-to-face to fellow students.
"Someone could be insecure and seeing the note they will feel better," said seventh-grader Antonella Bruno.
"The students are reaching out to people that they might not normally reach out to and that that they admire. We hope the this generous spirit and examples of kindness follow them throughout the whole year," said Guidance Counselor Kristin Spillane
Luis Marquez, a seventh-grader said, "This teaches lessons about kindness and inspires people. It will make the school better as a whole."