On November 13, Plymouth Elementary School's morning meetings and lessons in Janette O'Keefe's classes focused on World Kindness Day.
"World Kindness Day is about being kind, and it's really cool to be kind," said third grader Luke West. "I learned to do kind things and to be honest, because it fills someone's bucket."
"Filling someone's bucket" is how the children at Plymouth Elementary School (PE) visualize the effect that doing good things has on people. When the children are nice to someone else, it fills that person's bucket. When someone's bucket is full, that person is happier, and by filling other people's buckets, the students are filling their own buckets, as well. Being mean to other people takes away from everyone's buckets.
"It's important to be kind to people, because if you're not kind to people, they're not going to be kind to you," said Rilei Dugan, a third grade student at PE. "If you treat someone bad, you should think about how you would feel if you were treated that way."
Third graders in Mrs. O'Keefe's class were the first to visit a new kindness bulletin board in the hallway where students can pull a piece of paper with a "Do Good Dragon Challenge" on it, like sitting with someone new at lunch or holding the door for someone.
"Mine says, 'Make a list of five things you like about a friend and give it to him or her,'" said Rilei.
The board also has an area where the children can select an action and decide whether it's kind or not kind. The goal of the board is to serve as be a reminder to do good things for other people.
"We all need reminders about how important it is to spread kindness and to be happy," said Mrs. O'Keefe. "By spreading kindness, we can make the world a better place."