Kindness is Contagious: Fuller Elementary Gives Back for Annual Kindness Week
It is a scientific fact that kindness is contagious. The positive effects of kindness are not only experienced by the giver and the receiver but also experienced in the brain of everyone who witnessed the act. This means one good deed in a crowded area can create a domino effect and improve the day of multiple people! Fuller Elementary kicked off its third annual kindness week from February 11 - 15 with the goal of making kindness contagious. The week was filled with opportunities for students to learn, explore, and practice kindness.
Led by Fuller Elementary Counselor Liz Kiel, this year’s kindness activities have expanded and grown. School-wide activities included collecting used blankets and towels to benefit the Maricopa animal shelter, drawing kind messages on the sidewalk with chalk, and thanking Fuller staff with a kind note.
“The kids just get so excited about participating in these activities,” said Kiel. “They know that when they do something kind, they are making an impact and kindness will come back to them.”
Something Kiel is particularly proud of this year is Fuller students’ involvement in giving back to The Joy Bus Diner, a not for profit organization whose sole purpose is to relieve the daily struggles of homebound cancer patients with a fresh Chef inspired meal and a friendly face.
The Joy Bus Diner website says, “millions of cancer patients are left to fend for themselves during this turning point in their lives. The Joy Bus will relieve the burden put on families during this time by providing healthy meals specified to meet our patron’s need.”
Fuller Elementary kindergarten through second-grade students have all contributed a hand-drawn food bag which will be used for The Joy Bus Diner’s meal delivery. The students have created a total of 300 food bags each with unique drawings and kindness messages.
“It’s all about creating a school culture of kindness,” said Fuller Principal Michelle Hart. “The kids have taken ownership of their acts of kindness which I believe will extend beyond this week. They enjoy helping each other and those in need and they know this helps make Fuller a better place to be.”
Fuller third- through fifth-grade students gave back in another great way to their community by decorating donated Starbucks coffee sleeves with kindness messages and art. Approximately 250 coffee sleeves were individually decorated and will be donated back to a local Starbucks which will then be given out to customers. Starbucks Shift Supervisor Jennifer Austin thinks that this student-led project will undoubtedly put a smile on her customer’s faces.
“I think it’s awesome that these students are thinking about the impact of kindness at such a young age,” said Austin. “What’s great is that these are people they might never meet, but they have made their day with this simple but sweet gesture.”
Austin says that the concept of spreading kindness through the student decorated coffee sleeves aligns alongside Starbucks’ mission to create friendly connections with their customers. If you would like to grab a Fuller student created coffee sleeve, please stop by this local Starbucks at 1835 E Guadalupe Rd, Tempe, AZ 85283. The coffee sleeves are planned to be donated back to this Starbucks location on Friday, February 15 at 4 p.m. and will then be included with a hot drink purchase.
As a culminating event, all Fuller Elementary students are planning to gather together to create a “human rainbow heart” in the school field. The event has been named “color your world with kindness” and each grade-level has been assigned to wear a different color shirt for the photo opportunity.
Thank you to the Fuller Elementary community for helping to make our world a kinder place!