Acts of Kindness QMS Junior School
Susan Cruikshank, Junior School Principal
The Season of Giving
The other afternoon when I returned to my office, I was surprised to find a little goodie bag with a tag attached that said, “With Love, From Elf.” Inside the goodie bag, I found some ginger snaps and a candy cane. A heart-shaped card was also enclosed with a note that read “I like you!” Based on reports from witnesses around the school, apparently, a small band of elves wearing red and green elf hats and QMS uniforms had been popping in and out of various buildings dropping off treats and cards. If the other recipients were anything like me, I am sure they found the bag of treats and the note to be a true pick-me-up and a thoughtful gesture at this busy time of year.
We talk a lot at school about being kind and treating each other respectfully. We also talk about thinking of others before oneself – Me to We thinking. When I see students taking on a project such as the “Secret Delivery Elves,” we are doing more than just talking about acts of kindness. These students are taking the next step and acting upon these important values. And, in turn, they appear to be enjoying every minute of it!
Intermediate students are also taking on kindness projects at this time of year. Responding to a call for letters filled with holiday wishes issued by the Canadian Armed Forces, all students from Grades 4-7 wrote personalized Christmas cards to Canadian Armed Forces members overseas. Using their best cursive, their cards expressed caring and gratitude to those serving overseas this Christmas. As one student said, “It made us feel really good to know that we might have made someone’s day by writing them this card.”
Grade 7 students also chose to rethink their Secret Santa gift exchange. Instead, they decided to pool the money they would normally spend on Secret Santa gifts to put together gift bags for local teens needing to know they are not forgotten this Christmas. The students are working in small groups and will donate the gift bags to be distributed by Cowichan Valley Youth Services this week.
Thank you to all of our students who have taken action to make someone else’s Christmas brighter. We hope to see this Christmas spirit continue into the New Year!
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