Building a Culture of Kindness With a Day of Service

Building a Culture of Kindness With a Day of Service

>>Girl: How do you say
“Welcome” in Spanish?>>Penny: Bienvenidos.>>Irina: In the seven years that
we’ve done the Day of Caring, I’ve seen a huge growth in terms of
students thinking outside of themselves.>>Girl: You get to experience
happiness for helping someone else.>>Irina: At this stage of development,
sixth, seventh and eighth grade, putting yourself in the
place of someone else, that’s not easy to do all the time.>>Boy: Pay it forward!>>Kids: Yeah! That’s right.>>Irina: Here at Tilden, we’re really
mindful of developing the whole child. Tilden’s Day of Caring creates a
perfect opportunity for students to show kindness and empathy while they
engage in community service projects. We wanted to show them
that within our community, there was so many organizations
who could benefit from our help and our support.>>Jane: We perform Student Service
Learning activities the entire day, helping 20 different
non-profit organizations.>>Teacher: Today, as you guys know, we’re going to be celebrating
the Tilden Day of Caring.>>Eliana: I like the Day of
Caring, I think it’s a good time to appreciate what you have and help
out other people who are less fortunate.>>Girl: A lot of times we
can feel insignificant, and being able to give back to other people can help
us a lot in our own ways.>>Marynell: Today, we’re going to be
creating cards for people who are new to Montgomery County from all
around the world just coming here for the first time.>>Marynell: Today’s project
when we were creating cards, empathy was a huge focus. How would you feel coming
into a new community? What would you like to know if
you put yourself in their place.>>Mane: It shows them that
people are putting effort to include them in the community. I’m going to make a 3D heart and
make the Maryland flag inside it.>>Mariamawit: I’m thinking about like
how to connect myself to the person. When you come to a new place,
you get all nervous and shy. Someone’s greeting you makes you feel
great, like someone cares about you.>>Sofiya: When I came here when
I was five, I was the only kid who spoke Bulgarian, and
I felt kind of lonely.>>Irina: Students are very
aware of immigration and embrace where everybody’s from and
what they bring to the table.>>Eliana: With today’s politics, I think
coming here is extremely stressful, there’s so many things
you have to worry about. So hopefully, when a kid opens
my card, they will feel a sense of community, and they are loved.>>We talked a little bit
about the organizations that we are going to support today.>>Susan: The Children’s Inn at NIH, that’s where children are receiving
treatment for certain illnesses.>>Susan: And kids come from all
over the country to be treated. They’re not with their friends, right? So they’re kind of lonely.
So we’re going to make these little robot snack
kits and to know that kids made this for them is going to
really be special for them!>>Jane: Tilden Middle School
is a school of inclusiveness, so kids with disabilities,

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or kids without disabilities we
all participate in every activity.>>Susan: There were no differences
today. Everyone was helping someone.>>Child: Miss Hansen, I did it!>>Susan: Awesome! They look fabulous!>>Child: Yep.>>Susan: I think at first, they were
thinking it was just fun and games, but then they actually thought
this was going to make a difference in that child’s life for the day.>>Girl: I think that they’ll be so happy when they receive a fun
surprise like this!>>Boy: Yeah, that little thing will be
passed on to another act of kindness. Then that continues on and
continues on, and then eventually the whole world
could be like heaven. I mean–>>Teacher: You guys make me
so proud to be your teacher! I love the attitude!>>Irina: The students love this day,
and there’s a great sense of pride. Every single child understands how
easy it is to provide those services to a multitude of organizations
within this area. We owe our students that commitment
to help them realize what they can do to be well-rounded citizens.>>Maddy: Being able to help my
community like that, it makes me happy that I changed something,
I did something.>>Coach: Are you ready? Go!>>Jane: The kids understand that even
though they’re young they can make a difference in people’s lives and
that everyone has something to give. [children’s excited voices]>>Girl: How many more can we get?

5 thoughts on “Building a Culture of Kindness With a Day of Service

  1. 0:41–I was just about to cringe–until I paused the video and saw that this flag mural was from 1991! That there were flags of the former "Zaire" and "USSR" made me hold my breath for a second!

  2. Thank you for sharing this video! As an ESL support teacher working for a public school Board in Ontario, this video really resonated with me. I particularly liked the welcome cards that students prepared for new students arriving at this school from another country, a great way to show inclusiveness! I agree, this school has definitely fostered a rich learning environment that takes into consideration the whole child. As a teacher, I believe that students need to engage with social justice inquiry projects, it is important for them to immerse themselves with hands-on practical activities that would enable them to be more aware of what is going on around them and in the world. This approach definitely caters towards the whole-child. The students also seem very engaged and eager to participate in the activities.

    How are parents involved with this? This is an important part of the school’s climate for teaching and learning. How were parents informed of this initiative? I would like to gain further insights. As an aspiring school leader, I would really like to try something similar at my school. I particularly like the links to social justice and inclusion, I could see direct links with our Social Studies Curriculum.

    I am also looking for responses from any other Edutopia member that has tried something similar at their school?

    Thank you,

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