The ability to empower others to think or do things differently is a skill that many teachers have been blessed with. Today’s story comes to us from Ruth M. Buck Elementary School in Regina, SK where two middle years teachers have given their students an experience we are sure will stick with them for years to come. Thanks so much for sharing this story of generosity, learning, and kindness. We are so very proud of you and your students!
Pinterest has become the next big thing, and unfortunately I succumbed to its interesting pictures and mouth-watering recipes. I noticed a lot of posts for ‘random acts of kindness’ in my many hours of scrolling. These posts became a bit of an inspiration for me and led to several classroom discussions. After consultations with my colleague, Rulene Gilroy, we decided to embark upon a mission to bestow Random Acts of Christmas Kindness on our community with our grade eight students. We called this our RACK’d project.
One of the first things we did was act as elves from the North Pole and the grade eights answered letters to Santa from the Grade two and three students at our school (our reading buddies). We also made each child a bag of home-made play dough and a bag of magic reindeer food (Complete with poetic instructions). These letters and gifts were dropped off mysteriously to our reading buddies. Coincidentally, the grade eights showed up a few minutes later to sing “We wish you a Merry Christmas!” and then stayed to help the little ones read their personalized letters from Santa’s elves. They were very excited!
Our next task was for the grade eights to bring baking from home. This baking was organized into trays of various sizes. We also received a donation for our project of 30 boxes of sour gummie worms! The baking and the worms along with cards written by the grade eights were delivered to teachers in our building and the Catholic School across the street.
The students thought that, in light of the tragedy in Connecticut, we should thank our emergency services employees who work long hours and would be working through the holidays to keep us safe. A care package was dropped off at the fire hall in our area, EMS Central Station, as well as the Police Station. Each care package included baking, candies and a letter written by the students thanking them for all they do. At the police station, the Chief of Police even came down to talk to the students who made that delivery!
The grade eight students at Ruth M Buck enjoyed this project. They showed leadership, sympathy, empathy, compassion and the giving spirit of the season! We were really proud of them. They made a difference! Our hope and theirs is that we inspired someone else to do a good deed for someone else.
Amie Sitter & Rulene Gilroy
Grade Eight Teachers
Ruth M Buck School
What act of kindness will you do today? Who will benefit from your generosity of time, talents, energy, and thought?
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