Planting Seeds of Kindness

Academy Street Elementary School students are cultivating kindness as part of a new schoolwide character education program.

The premise of the initiative was introduced this December when inspirational speaker and founder of the ReesSpecht Life foundation Richard Specht visited the building. During two assembly programs, Mr. Specht spoke with the students about a superpower each of them have: the ability to cultivate kindness through even the smallest of acts.

In addition to sharing his original book, “A Little Rees Specht Cultivates Kindness,” Mr. Specht wove in a unique explanation on how the ability to change the world is something that all can achieve, provided they have the right perspective. At the end of the program, the students were challenged to go out and make the world a better place and received Seeds of Kindness cards to help keep the kindness movement going.

Each class also received a copy of Mr. Specht’s book, and in the coming weeks, the school will be creating a kindness tree to celebrate the acts of kindness witnessed throughout the school.  

The introduction of the program was based on a recommendation of Academy Street’s School Improvement Team as a way of continuing to enhance positivity not only in the building, but also in the community.