Random Acts of Kindness Week, which officially started on February 16th and ran through February 22nd, is a seven day span that’s dedicated to cultivating kindness and encouraging people to go out of their way to brighten someone else’s day. In Lexington County School District Three, staff and students participated in this special week in a variety of different ways.
At Batesburg-Leesville Primary School, staff members were asked to create a Google Slide about kindness. These were sent to Lexington Three’s Digital Learning Coaches who plan to push them out in the coming weeks as wallpaper backdrops on student technology devices, allowing them to serve as an inspirational tool for the nearly 2,000 students who have district-issued Chromebooks.
In addition, first and second grade students at Batesburg-Leesville Primary School had the opportunity to create a kindness slide in Google Slides during their computer science lessons in the school Media Center. The project gave children a platform to design, create and spotlight their thinking about the importance of kindness while also refining their skills within Google. This lesson on benevolence also tied in nicely with the school’s positive behavior system, which is called Panther Promises. The Panther Promises system helps the school’s staff to be proactive in encouraging good behavior and allows students to track their own progress and work towards reaching different leadership levels by focusing on six core behaviors: 1 - Make Smart Choices; 2 - Think, Plan and Don’t Give Up; 3 - Respect and Prioritize; 4 - Be Nice To Be Happy; 5 - Be Sensitive and Patient; 6 - Cooperate With Kindness. Digital Learning Coaches plan to also use some of the student-made slides as Chromebook wallpapers this spring.
Students in kindergarten at Batesburg-Leesville Primary School got in on the Random Acts of Kindness fun as well by reading a new book titled Finding Kindness by Deborah Underwood. They also got to sign their names on a special “Just Be Kind” bulletin board that is displayed in the BLPS Media Center.
District administrators rounded out Random Acts of Kindness Week by leaving inspirational notes on the windshields of all of the district’s employees’ cars on Friday, February 21st. The notes told employees how much they are appreciated in Lexington Three and gave them a pass to wear jeans on Monday, February 24th.