Liberty Elementary in Harrisburg is starting off the new year fresh with a month-long kindness campaign. While it sounds simple, being intentional about how students treat one another can make a big difference in the classroom.
You’ve likely heard the phrase, “Sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me.” These third graders don’t agree with the statement.
“We were saying it wasn’t true because words can hurt you for a really long time,” Brynn Pickett said.
Pickett prefers being sweet like sugar as opposed to sour like vinegar.
Luckily she says she’s been surrounded by great people so far in life.
Matt Holsen: Has anybody said mean things to you before?
Brynn Pickett: No. Actually not yet. You never know.
Hopefully that streak continues. Pickett’s school is spending time each day talking about how to properly treat others.
“You know the really cool thing is our teachers are just having intentional conversations with kids. Just talking about how and where can we practice kindness and looking for opportunities to do it because often times it’s more opportunistic moments as opposed to something you can plan on,” Liberty Principal Aaron Weaver said.
Weaver says January, in the middle of winter, is a good time to plant the seed of kindness.
“One of the biggest things that we’re noticing as a staff and also as kids. When we spend more time looking for the good, we tend to dwell there a little bit easier. When we tend to be more inward focused it’s easy to kind of not always think of that and look for those things,” Weaver said.
While she doesn’t think it’s a big deal, Pickett tries to stack chairs and sharpen pencils for others every day.
“Little changes will go a long way,” Pickett said.
A long way towards creating a better school environment.
Principal Weaver hopes the Kindness Campaign builds character in students and he hopes they carry on the positive behavior the rest of the year.