In order to promote kindness within the corporation, Lake Central held its second annual Kindness Week the week of January 25. Kindness week was started because of an idea guidance counselor Ms. Ashley Kline had in October 2019 at a Social Emotional Learning Committee Event.
“The Lake Central High School Social-Emotional Committee is part of a district-wide committee to push social and emotional health. While looking for quarterly or monthly activities, Ms. Kline found the Great Kindness Challenge,” Assistant Principal, Mrs. Melissa Rettig said.
Students were encouraged to dress up for the spirit days and complete various kindness challenges throughout the week. Some of the challenges were: hold the door open for someone, write a positive comment on at least three people’s picture on social media, and start a conversation with someone you do not normally interact with.
The events of Kindness Week were extended to the three middle schools within the district. All three middle schools adapted kindness week to their building specifically, but all students within the Lake Central School District in grades 5-12 were encouraged to be kind to their peers.
“When you are looking for good behavior, you find it! The ultimate goal is to have people be more kind to each other. Since last year and this year have been successful, we will definitely continue doing this every January,” Rettig said.