South Grove Cultivates Kindness!

Student Writing Kindness Message

South Grove students collaborated during National Bullying Prevention Month to foster a learning environment where all students feel included, appreciated and safe. Students participated in activities throughout the month aimed at reinforcing the message of kindness. Some of the many activities included class discussions about bullying behaviors and prevention; celebrating World Smile Day with a smile song; writing and/or drawing kind and positive messages in chalk around the school building; and providing students with printed “good morning” affirmations from Student Council reps. Special events were also planned to encourage inclusivity. Peer Mediators organized a “Mix It Up” lunch when students were encouraged to sit with someone new, and the elementary students enjoyed a visit from the high school Peer Educators class, who visited the school during recess to chat and encourage inclusive interactions. The older students left a positive, lasting impression on the younger ones, and it was made clear by the smiles and laughs shared that the day was rewarding for all.

Though the month of October is designated as National Bullying Prevention Month, the focus on kindness and creating an inclusive environment at South Grove will be maintained all year long through direct instruction, guided conversations, student activities, clubs, and other programs.