WALNUT RIDGE, Ark. (KAIT) - Walnut Ridge Middle School students spent Tuesday delivering kindness to their community.
As part of the Be Kind Program, teachers and students participated in fundraisers and events, raising more than $1,000 for first responders in the community.
On Tuesday, they delivered 37 goody baskets to Lawrence Memorial Hospital, nursing homes, police and fire departments, grocery stores, and local businesses.
“We just packed those baskets with lots of goodies that they could enjoy while they were sitting and doing their jobs,” said Rebecca Bullard, seventh grade math teacher. “The response was overwhelming, people were very excited to see us, and hopefully our goal is to spread kindness and that this will continue on for someone else.”
Bullard said the hope is that the students started a chain reaction of kindness in the community.
“Our goal is for our students to see how easy it is to spread kindness,” Bullard said. “Hopefully, we can teach them something that they can have for a lifelong lesson that they can spread kindness just in simple ways.”
Over the course of January, students received a checklist of ways they can spread kindness to their classmates.
“I like to spread kindness to all my friends and put a smile on their faces and all my teachers and make them happy,” sixth-grader Kodi Ghielemier said.
“I just think it’s really nice and everything needs a bit of kindness in their day,” sixth-grader Riley Richey added.
The school participated in a Great Kindness challenge during the last week of January, celebrating the school’s effort in raising money for the community in a spirit week.
“The school can really use some kindness in it during the pandemic and stuff and bring everyone closer together,” eighth-grader Alayni Moore said.
The school raised over $1,000 in T-shirt sales. All money will be used to buy blessing boxes for those on the frontlines fighting COVID-19.
“Everybody in your life remembers somebody who was kind to you and when someone’s kind to you, you want to pass that on,” Bullard said. “I feel like we can teach our kids that a little bit of kindness goes a long way. It doesn’t have to be something you purchase, a smile or a hello goes a long way to somebody who’s struggling.”