The theme of kindness is visible throughout Sullivan Elementary School; in posters on the walls, and in the actions of the students.
The school is spending the semester challenging every class to come up with a kindness act to perform for others.
For Jamie Faulk’s third grade class, kindness is taking the form of a week-long lemonade stand supporting Riley Children’s Hospital, an idea the class decided on as a whole.
“It was pretty cool,” said third grade teacher Jamie Faulk. “I like the fact that they were willing to help not just our community, but others.”
Other classes at the elementary school are completing Kindness Missions by creating care packages for military members, sending gifts to nursing homes, and making kindness rocks to place throughout the community.
The mission has filled school leaders with pride.
“I’m very proud to work at a school where the students are really putting the focus on how we treat other people,” said Assistant Principal Allyson Wegner.
And that focus is one that teachers try to emphasize every day. Faulk says she has simple instructions for her kids when it comes to how to treat others.
“We just say be kind, you know, those two simple words; just be kind,” said Faulk. “Go out of your way to do something for someone, make them feel included, just be a good friend at all times.”
Faulk’s teaching seem to have had an impact on her students, one that will last long after the lemonade stand.
“I will continue to help, to ask people if they’re sad, “what’s wrong”, and to keep them happy if I can,” said third grader Rachel Eslinger.
Wegner says she hopes to do these Kindness Missions every school year, and that ideally, the school could do them both semesters rather than just in the spring.