Promoting Kindness

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Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School fifth-graders in Dave Falcone’s class are cultivating kindness in the school and community as part of a multiyear initiative named “Got Kindness?”

As part of the project, the class has created bulletin boards highlighting the kind acts of school community members and student writing pieces. The students are also distributing "Seeds of Kindness" cards to help cultivate kind acts and have created a “No Bully Zone” display that features specific strategies for students to encourage fellow classmates to always be kind and helpful toward others.

The initiative is funded through a grant Mr. Falcone received from the ReesSpecht Life Foundation. The goal of the foundation is to remind people about the importance of community, compassion and respect.  The organization promotes the ideals of cultivating kindness through a memorial scholarship, teacher grants, and an awareness campaign featuring "Seeds of Kindness" and "Pay it Forward" cards.