As students came back to school in March, beginning with a four day in-person week that evolved into a five day in-person week, there was lots of excitement to welcome them back to school.
The middle school launched a month-long project to rejoice in the return of in-person learning, even though some students remained virtual learners during the pandemic. Coincidentally, the first day back to school on the four day a week schedule was National Compliment Day. “What better day to start back to school,” exclaimed WCMS Principal Melissa Gossage.
“We wanted to focus on something we could all rally behind…being KIND,” said Gossage.
Their motto for this initiative has been “Kindness Lives Here.” The educators hoped that by intentionally providing methods of promoting kindness, students would feel more comfortable returning to school. Gossage encouraged her staff to “go the extra mile to endorse our motto and show our students that kindness is contagious. A simple pat on the back or compliment can absolutely change a student’s day and I feel certain that most of our students need it more than ever now.”
After all, Mark Twain was quoted, “I can live for two months on a good compliment.”
So, with all that in mind, the middle school students have been surrounded by compliments and kindness from the staff who genuinely were glad to see their students return. Signs and balloons decorated the building entrances. One of the most popular displays was the “I” In KIND, photo op. Students were able to physically stand in as the “I” in the word KIND. Teachers decorated their doors and hallways uniquely carried out the messaging.
Kindness campaign is part of return to in-person learning at WCMS
7th Grade Red Team among groups in WCMS that illustrated Kindness campaign
Kindness is Key reminded students of the campaign
"Kindness is a Gift Everyone can Afford" was presented by the 21st Century family
Students in Ms. Bell's class contributed to the Kindness starts with Us door decoration
Students posed for the "I" in KIND booth
Photos Courtesy of Angela Stinson