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Kindness rocks in Larkspur

Submitted by parent, Sally Erickson

LARKSPUR-- "If someone is kind to you, keep on spreading the kindness, you might just make someone’s day,” says a group of 6th Graders at Larkspur Elementary who recently launched their Random Acts of Kindness Campaign.

The group hosted an assembly in February to encourage their entire school to embrace this new program. Their assembly included a short movie about how kindness can be paid forward, is infectious, and how even the smallest act can make a big difference. As part of the initiative, students, teachers, and staff can nominate someone for demonstrating kindness. Their act is recorded on a leaf and placed upon a beautifully crafted tree in the hallway. The nominated person is awarded with a special °Kindness Rocks” bracelet to acknowledge their deed.

The group of graduating students is hoping that this campaign will continue long after they have left the school. Kindness is one of the core behavioral values at Larkspur Elementary, known as T.R.A.C.K.S., and includes not only kindness but also being truthful, respectful, accountable, collaborative, and safe. Keeping on the right “TRACK” has become a part of everyday life at the school.

As a timely demonstration of kindness in our community, local realtors Elizabeth Owens of RE/MAX Elite in Castle Pines, and Diana Hutton of RE/MAX Alliance in Castle Rock, toured the school with Principal Jen Oldham as part of a realtor Open House. Jen mentioned her desire to have a Buddy Bench at the school where students without a friend could meet new friends at recess. It could also be used as a special place to resolve any conflicts.

The realtors turned the Principal’s desire into reality for Larkspur Elementary when they generously purchased a perfect bench and had it beautifully customized with the school colors. At the kindness assembly, Diana and Elizabeth presented the bench to an excited audience of Larkspur Bobcats. By lunch recess that day the bench was already being used to great effect!! “Diana and I are so happy to be able to donate the Buddy Bench to LES, and it is very heartwarming to know that it is being received in a positive way by the students,” said Elizabeth. Diana added, “Be kind, and if you see someone without a smile, give them a smile.”

Larkspur Elementary would like to extend a huge thank you to the Random Acts of Kindness Committee which comprises 6th Grade students Matthew Erickson, Brooke Estelle, Alena Mann, Luke Molé, Paige Turner, and A.J. Vigil, and also to Diana and Elizabeth for their kind generosity to our school which LES Bobcats are sure to enjoy for many years to come.

April 8, 2016 | By CSilberman | Category: Elementary Education, Safety and Security

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