Middle school students participate in ‘100 Acts of Kindness’ challenge

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The students and staff at Switzerland County Middle School recently participated in a “100 Acts of Kindness” challenge.

Special Education teacher Amanda Cole was inspired to challenge the students and staff after watching a ‘YouTube’ video promoting random acts of kindness.

“Studies have shown that we feel happier when we perform acts of kindness for one another; for our friends, family members, neighbors or complete strangers,” Amanda Cole said. “It is important that we not only teach our students the state standards, but also about compassion and kindness for one another.”

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, the students were presented with the challenge on February 11th, and had to complete 100 acts of kindness by the end of February.

Each time a student performed an act of kindness, they filled out a heart with their name and the act they performed. The hearts were then put on display on a bulletin board in the main hallway of the school so that everyone could see what the students had done.

“Our students and staff did a great job and reached their goal,” Amanda Cole said. “It was very heart-warming to read some of the kind things that the kids did for others. I am very proud of all those who participated in the challenge.”