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Kindness matters at Browning Elementary
Kindness matters at Browning Elementary
Posted on 11/12/2021
Kindness Club Group PhotoBrowning fourth grader Rosie Millard understands why kindness is so important.

“I like to play with other people when they may not have someone to play with,” said Millard, a member of the school’s new kindness club said. “It makes me happy. They are kind to me and I’m kind to them.”

The kindness club, which is new at Browning, is designed to show students they have the power to make someone's day better through kind acts, teacher Kimberly Andrews said.

“It just recognizes kindness in everyday life,” she said. “We get so busy, and we want our students to recognize how important it is to just recognize the people around you.” 

The club is off to an amazing start, with 116 students – or a quarter of the entire student body - signing up in its first weeks. 

“Kindness doesn’t cost anything other than just a moment of time,” said teacher Sheri Aiello.  “Simple kindness is something that can help many students get through their day or start them out on a positive trajectory.”

The club takes the school’s anti-bullying work to its next level, by showing students they have the power to make a difference. 

“If you are mean to someone – or see someone say something mean – it hurts other people’s feelings,” said fifth grader Nolan O'Brien.  “You can be kind and comfort people if they are hurt.”

Club member Paige Thompson, a sixth grader, had a recent experience where she was touched by the kindness of another student.

“I was looking for a room the other day and another student helped me find it,” she said. “We barely knew each other and she still helped me out.”

Teachers are creating grade level calendars of activities that students can use to demonstrate kindness – things as simple as saying hi or giving a smile to someone you may not know. 

Students will also be involved in charitable activities, such as collecting food for the Blessings in a Backpack program or raising money to buy food for animals in a zoo in the Upper Peninsula. 

Mason and Jaxson Peters are twins, and while they are still only in first grade, they already understand how they have the power to help someone through simple acts.

Mason: “If you see someone being mean, just tell them you don’t like it.”

Jaxson: “It is not nice to be mean to people. I am happy when someone is kind to me.”