Celebrating Kindness

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There was an atmosphere of goodwill and benevolence in the Riverhead Central School District during the week of Jan. 22 as elementary students took part in the annual Great Kindness Challenge. The aims to foster kindness among students.

As part of the week’s activities, students performed as many random acts of kindness as they could, such as holding the door for someone and giving compliments. They also donated to the Kind Coins for Hurricane Harvey relief fund, which will help build new playgrounds at hurricane-affected schools. 

At Phillips Avenue and Roanoke Avenue elementary schools, fourth-graders in the Peacemakers Club decorated their schools with kindness-themed signs. At Riley Avenue Elementary, every classroom designed kindness banners and hung them outside of their rooms as part of a schoolwide contest.  

Students at these three schools, as well as those at Aquebogue Elementary School,  also met Lisa Krekeler, author of “Emily and the Kindness Bracelet,” and participate in a reading of the book and a singalong.  

The week’s activities were sponsored by the Peacemakers, a student group that is coordinated through Riverhead CAP.