Looking for a creative way for students to participate in a community project? Here are a few ideas for you.
- Students at UMass Lowell, with the help of staff, combined a school event with the Sequin of Kindness. During the event(s) they had students write a “kindness comment” on a colorful index card and post it on a trifold board. The students got “event points” towards a prize buy posting a comment. From there, the stories/ comments were posted on the SOKblog.org. Go here to see photos of some of the events.
- A High School Art teacher in North Carolina involved students in a self-portrait art project designing the idea of celebrating our uniquenesses. Rather than students falling into the mold of bullying, negative thought, and apathy, these students took time to recognize how everyone has an important part to play in the community–go to the SOKblog.org to read their stories.
- You, or the student, can then forward the story to me, through the blog for posting. If age appropriate, consider asking for a volunteer from your class to help with emailing the stories.
- Bring the blog right into the classroom, show it on power point or gather around a computer to allow the students read what kids are doing in other schools.
- Remember, the students can pass sequins to humans, animals or the environment.
- Iʼve found that once a student story is posted on the blog, they continue passing sequins on their own. Students have come up to me in the hall, stopped by my classroom and chatted with me in the cafe about a new act of kindness that they have passed without any prompting from me.
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