Kindness was in the air at West Junior High on Feb. 11 as service projects were at the forefront of the afternoon agenda. As an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, service is at the heart of the curriculum, and on this particular day, students at all grade levels participated in the all-school Day of Service.
Students worked on service projects on the local level to a national and global scale. One local project included painting rocks for the Kindness Rocks campaign, which encourages people to leave rocks painted with inspiring messages along the path of life. Other students made playdough for preschool kids, decorated inspiring posters for children in the hospital, or created posters for local issues. On the national and global level, students wrote letters to military personnel, made artwork for Camp Mak-A-Dream, and more.
In addition to an afternoon of service, West brought in guest speaker, Bryan Skavnak, author of “Be the Nice Kid,” to speak to students about what service truly means.
“All service is, is taking care of the people around you,” Shavnak said.
Stressing the importance of building a culture of service, he advised students to find something they are good at and use it to help others.
Even more importantly, “make sure you do something you like to do,” he said.