Melissa Schools cultivates kindness in classrooms, community

Kindness Week 2017 - Hall 2


May 2017
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Students and faculty at Melissa Schools celebrated Kindness Week from May 15-19, extending random acts of kindness throughout the district and the community.

Kindness Week is a co-initiative by the City of Melissa and Melissa Schools. Mayor Reed Greer annually signs an official proclamation designating a Week of Kindness in Melissa.

Cultivating Kindness at Melissa Schools

Kindness Week 2017 - Kindness Rocks HME 2
Students at Harry McKillop Elementary and Melissa Ridge Intermediate created “Kindness Rocks” painted with colorful messages of positivity. The rocks were placed in random spots around town for anyone to stumble upon.

The intermediate school had a goal of collecting 100 rocks to distribute during Kindness Week, and in the end students brought in over 200.

Kindness Week 2017 - Compliment Tree
Louise Hickey worked with her theatre students at Melissa Middle School to create a “Compliment Tree” displaying compliments for every student in the class.
Kindness Week 2017 - Be Our Guest
Mrs. Hickey’s theater students also composed a singing telegram to the tune of “Be Our Guest” and performed it over the school intercom as a thank-you to teachers.

Kindness Week 2017 - Take What You Need 1
Kindness Week 2017 - Take What You Need 2
Emily Chapman’s students at Melissa High School created a “Take What You Need; Give What You Can” bulletin board filled with encouraging messages on post-it notes.

Kindness Week 2017 - Kindness Chain
Tim Brown, Counselor at Harry McKillop Elementary, led teachers and students in creating a school-wide paper “Kindness Chain” to document acts of kindness.

The chain will be displayed in the school’s main hallway for the remainder of the school year to encourage students as they see the visual impact of their kindness.

Emily Larkin organized a “Kindness Confetti Challenge” for her students at Harry McKillop Elementary. Larkin’s students documented acts of kindness on pieces of paper confetti to display on a bulletin board in the classroom.

Kindness Week 2017 - Compliment Notes
Lauren Graue’s first grade students wrote “Compliment Notes” to one another.
Kindness Week 2017 - Hall 1
Students in Lisa Hall’s Money Matters and Bim II classes at Melissa High School spread kindness by delivering handwritten notes to their favorite teachers. (Photo by Melissa High School student Sarah Hall.)

Kindness Week 2017 - Wall of Kindness
Melissa Middle School math teachers worked with students to create a “Wall of Kindness” at the beginning of the week.

Betty Walthall’s classes at Melissa Middle School participated in a different activity each day of Kindness Week. Activities included writing cards to the school staff, writing kindness notes to parents and fellow students, collecting canned food for the Melissa Food Pantry, and making goody bags to hand out to teachers.

To see more photos and activities from this year’s Kindness Week, visit search #MelissaKind on social media.

Media Contact: Maddie Coe, Community Relations

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