The Edmond Sun

February 2, 2013

Sequoyah students begin 'Random Acts of Kindness'

Patty Miller
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Miss Edmond LibertyFest 2013 Alex Eppler and Miss Edmond LibertyFest Teen 2013 Ashten Vincent explained Kindness cards to Sequoyah Middle School’s students Friday.

Middle school students across the district are being urged to write something nice on a provided paper heart and give it to someone else as they “Practice Random Acts of Kindness” during the month of February.

The Kindness Cards were supposed to be anonymous acts of kindness from one student to another and were the first in what is hoped to be a month-long celebration of kindness acts.

“This fits right in line with the Rachel’s Challenge theme we experienced recently,” said principal Jason Galloway. “She wanted each person to do an act of kindness for someone else.”

Rachel Joy Scott was the first student murdered at Columbine High School in Colorado in 1999. She was especially sympathetic to students who were bullied and misunderstood. Earlier she had written, “I have this theory that if one person will go out of their way to show compassion it will start a chain reaction.”

“Each year during February we participate in the Common Thread chosen by the high schools for their fundraising weeks, and this year they chose A Leash on Life,” Galloway said. “We do all of our fundraising each Thursday during February. Our donation as a school to A Leash on Life is the school’s act of kindness.”

The two young ladies also explained LibertyFest’s Edmond Excellence Award.

It is an individual competition in which students discuss their Random Acts of Kindness for the month and how they have specifically impacted the student, his or her school and community.

Vincent challenged the students to practice Random Acts of Kindness throughout the month.

After the students had received a piece of candy, Vincent said, “Today you just experienced a Random Act of Kindness; now it’s your chance to do the same. Do something kind for someone else and pass this heart with your message along to someone.”