Dewey School's kindness program to be on display Wednesday

Posted: Feb. 18, 2013 10:29 am Updated: Mar. 4, 2013 11:15 am

The public is being invited to a presentation prior to Wednesday's Quincy School Board meeting involving Dewey Elementary School's recent "Kindness and Justice Challenge" event.

The presentation starts at 6:30 p.m. in the round room at Baldwin Intermediate School, 3000 Maine. The School Board meeting begins at 7.

Dewey students and staff will be on hand to demonstrate some of the activities that took place during the fifth annual Kindness and Justice Challenge, held Jan. 28 to Feb. 1.

The purpose of the weeklong challenge was to encourage students to perform at one least act of kindness each day. This would include such things as a kind word or deed or an unexpected act helpful to someone else.

According to a press release from the school district, the challenge was intended to build self-esteem in students and improve the school's climate by showing each person they can make a difference by showing kindness toward others.

During Wednesday's presentation, students will display a gumball machine used at Dewey during the five-day challenge to help showcase the number of acts of kindness performed at the school. Kind acts were tallied at each morning's assembly, with a certain number of acts earning one gumball. The school's goal was to earn enough gumballs to fill the machine.

Students also will display signs that were hung around Dewey throughout the challenge. They also will demonstrate some of the grade-level lessons and activities held in the school.

In addition, students will teach some of the lessons they learned about kindness and will sing songs from their morning assemblies.

One new activity that took place at this year's Kindness and Justice Challenge was a community outreach effort by students to raise money to help a local family in the process of adopting a child with Down syndrome.