Tuesday, 20 February 2018 22:49

Lanigan Elementary Creates Kindness Culture

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Lanigan Elementary School first-graders wear purple, the color of kindness, ahead of Random Acts of Kindness Day. Lanigan Elementary School first-graders wear purple, the color of kindness, ahead of Random Acts of Kindness Day. Submitted photo

While many people have heard of that saying, the students and staff members at Lanigan Elementary School have lived it each day of the 2017-2018 school year. Kindness, along with inclusion, acceptance and self-love have spread like wildfire throughout the school as a culture of compassion has been embraced by all Lanigan Eagles.

Much of the buzz surrounding the positive vibes have followed after students in grades kindergarten through six read “Wonder,” by R.J. Palacio. Younger students related to a picture book, while older students read the chapter book but the story was the same: August Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to mainstream school until he was in fifth-grade. The story is told through different points of view as a community’s perspective of the boy are captured through struggles with empathy and acceptance.

At Lanigan, students encourage one another to remain positive, give compliments and persevere. Those ideas are strongly supported by teachers, support staff and administrators. Throughout the hallways of the various grade-level wings, “Wonder”-themed projects are displayed, kindness messages are spread and joy has followed suit.

In celebration of Random Acts of Kindness Day, each Lanigan student had the opportunity to watch “Wonder” the movie and were encouraged to wear purple, the color of kindness. First-grade teacher Samantha Finocchiaro said the school has been happy to involve all students in a conversation about acts of kindness sand why they’re important.

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