The Osceola County School Board has proclaimed January 23, 2017, through February 17, 2017, as Kindness Month. Throughout the district, students, teachers, staff, and administrators are being encouraged to commit “Random Acts of Kindness,” with a collective goal to commit 100,000 acts of kindness during this month. Each school is promoting kindness in different and creative ways. For example:
• Students in their homeroom classes at St. Cloud Middle are creating BINGO cards with acts of kindness, and they are challenging other homerooms to complete the card for “BINGO.”
• Challenges are being shared daily for faculty and students at Poinciana High School on the morning announcements. Some examples are to smile at five people, to give high five to someone you don’t know, to pick up trash around campus, and to write positive notes to someone.
• Bulletin boards promoting kindness have gone up throughout the school at Zenith. A “kindness chain” is being created from acts of kindness committed by students and staff. Kindness quotes are being shared on the morning announcements.
• Over the next several weeks, kindness signs will be displayed at various schools for students, staff, and community residents to see.
• Middle and high schools are receiving “Create Kindness” bracelets that they will share across their campuses to pass on to promote acts of kindness.
As the school district focuses on kindness and other positive character traits, there is hope that these traits will continue on school campuses and spill out into the community.