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Making A Difference: Plymouth Rocks and Reads
Table with adults and children holding paintbrushes smiling at camera.


"Plymouth Rocks and Reads" brought together Plymouth Elementary School (PE) families for an evening of spreading kindness. Participants painted kindness messages on rocks for a rock garden on the playground and then took part in an interactive read aloud with a book about kindness. 

"My favorite thing was that I got to see my friend and see a book that was really fun," said PE student Phoebe Best. 

In addition to sharing stories about kindness, the teachers were modeling an interactive read aloud that parents could try at home. During an interactive read aloud, the teacher asks questions, pulls out vocabulary words and gives the students things to think about during the story, so the children actively participate and respond to the literature. 

The "Plymouth Rocks and Reads" event relates to the District-wide school climate initiative Rachel's Challenge that encourages students to create a chain reaction of kindness. 

"It was a great event. Families were really happy," said PE Teacher Jill Klein who helped organize the event. "It's the kind of thing we're hoping to do each year to add more kindness to our rock garden and keep the momentum going with Rachel's Challenge and spreading kindness."

PE students who missed the event are encouraged to create a kindness rock at home and add it to the rock garden with their families.