Making A Difference: World Compliment Day

With World Compliment Day taking place the last day of Read Across America Week in the Colonial School District, the Colonial Education Association (CEA), the District's teachers union, put together a way for students to give compliments that also brought in a connection to Dr. Seuss's book, Daisy-Head Mayzie.

Four girls some holding cards with Making A Difference logoThe CEA created compliment cards that encouraged children to "Make It A Daisy Of A Day" by coloring a daisy on one side of the card, writing someone a compliment on the back and then giving it to that person.

In Mrs. Donovan's class at Conshohocken Elementary School (CE), the class took a moment before lunch to distribute their cards. The children complimented each other on specific traits like being smart, silly or funny.

"It makes me feel nice to give a compliment," said Kyleem Williams, CE first grader. "It's the right thing to do."

All of the elementary students completed the cards in class. At the Colonial Middle School, the students filled out the cards during learning time the day before and were reminded to deliver them on World Compliment Day. At Plymouth Whitemarsh High School, students could stop by the library to pick up a card.

Read Across America is an initiative of the National Education Association. While the individual schools in Colonial hold a number of special events and dress up days to celebrate Read Across America, the CEA also develops a unique District-wide project each year that is often related to kindness or community service to unify the schools toward a common goal. World Compliment Day is a recently named special day that grew out of the success of National Compliment Day in the Netherlands.