Submitted By Tatiana Vallejo
Kindness Week, sponsored by Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), was held at St. Cloud High School as a means of reminding students of the power of their words and providing an opportunity to spread positivity. The event was led by FCCLA members Tatiana Vallejo, Nicole Hernandez and Astrid Rosado.
Most of us remember the age old saying from our childhoods, “treat people how you would like to be treated.” It seems, though, as children age, the phrase is completely disregarded. Instead of creating an atmosphere radiating kindness, some tend to resort to cruelty. Kindness Week was held in opposition of this way of thinking.
To kick off the week, posters created by the members of the FCCLA chapter were hung around the school along with a bulletin board in the cafeteria and a banner. Students were also given cards to write kind notes to others, and to report acts of kindness they saw.
On Tuesday, students wore shirts saying, “Before You Speak: THINK”. THINK is an acronym standing for: is it True, Helpful, Inspiring, Necessary and Kind. Along with the shirts, members of FCCLA were given two wrist bands with the same text as the t-shirts. One was to keep for themselves and the other was to give to anyone they saw being kind.
Wednesday, the school’s social worker gave a presentation called “Sticks and Stones”. The presentation reintroduced the notion of words holding power, and what impact words can have on others. In addition, an anti-bullying video was shown to the entire student body during an assembly.
On Thursday, a poster contest was held where the winner, Te’a Martinez, won a $25 gift card.
Finally, Friday students signed a kindness pledge and were given buttons, kindness tokens and the remainder of the wrist bands. There were over 250 signatures on the pledge. A kindness lesson was also taught in our on-site Pre-K.
Kindness Week was an enormous reminder to all that words are powerful. A student and member of FCCLA by the name of Isabella Seefeld commented that the Kindness Week was “a really good way to remind people to be kind to one another and to think before you speak.”
The choice of what words to say should not be taken lightly as words create a connection between people and are a means of letting others know what is thought of them. It is the abuse of this discourse that can be a cause of negativity.
“In today’s society, people may forget the language they use because they are accustomed to it, but it is crucial to be aware,” Nicole Hernandez, member of FCCLA and one of the organizers of Kindness Week stated. “If we were all aware,” she continued, “I don’t think people would be as hurt. It would make a more positive environment with not as much hate and negativity.”
Awareness of words and actions would most definitely make a difference in the way people feel around one another. Acknowledgement of the impact everyone can have on society would change the world and ignorance could burn bridges. Every person has the choice.