Members of the Roanoke Avenue Elementary School Peacemakers Club helped kick off a week of kindness activities in the Riverhead Central School District. Courtesy photo: Riverhead Central School District

There was an atmosphere of goodwill and benevolence in Riverhead schools last week as elementary students took part in the annual Great Kindness Challenge.

The challenge aims to foster kindness among students. Each child was given a long list of ways to show kindness in an effort to help prevent bullying and to create a culture of kindness in its place.

As part of the week’s activities, students performed as many random acts of kindness as they could, such as holding the door for someone and giving compliments. They also donated to the Kind Coins for Hurricane Harvey relief fund, which will help build new playgrounds at hurricane-affected schools.

At Phillips Avenue and Roanoke Avenue elementary schools, fourth-graders in the Peacemakers Club decorated their schools with kindness-themed signs. At Riley Avenue Elementary, every classroom designed kindness banners and hung them outside of their rooms as part of a schoolwide contest.

Students at these three schools also met Lisa Krekeler, author of “Emily and the Kindness Bracelet,” and participated in a reading of the book and a singalong.

Source: Press release issued by Riverhead Central School District dated Jan. 29, 2018.

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