SWBOCES Students at Pocantico Rewarded for Being Kind
Students Rewarded for Kindness, Good Deeds During Kindness Week
SWBOCES Students at Pocantico Received Points for Helping Others
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” –Aesop
For the SWBOCES students at Pocantico Hills, the week of Oct. 16 was filled with thoughts of kindness. October was National Bullying Prevention Month and as part of the activities for the month, counselors challenged students to think about all the ways they could show a little kindness to one another. The rules were simple. Throughout the week, students received tickets for every kind act they performed. Those tickets were translated into points, and the class with the most points at the end of the week won a special prize.
The competition began first thing Monday morning with students trying their hardest to be as kind as possible. With a great start, teacher Karen Walker’s class pulled ahead with an impressive number of points gained the first day, but throughout the week the classes were neck and neck on the points board. Students came up with many creative ways to be kind to one another and their teachers. It was nice to hear students remark, “ I would have done that anyway” when given a ticket for a particular act. At the end of the week, Ms. Walker’s students had kept their lead and came away with more than 100 points for their kind acts. “Kindness is a characteristic of being a good citizen and we instill this in our students everyday,” Ms. Walker said when asked about the key to her students’ success.
With the win under their belts, Ms. Walker’s students enjoyed a movie and popcorn as their special prize. Although they did not win, the other classes came away with a better understanding of how rewarding it can be to show a little bit of kindness. Student Jens in Melissa Santoro’s class said that students should be kind to one another all the time, and we think they are off to a good start.