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Olathe Community Center

August Event: Back to School Kindness

We will gather to assemble a small token of appreciation for school support staff. This summer, families have been working on a service project where they upcycled broken crayons into bright, colorful heart crayons. We will sort and package the gifts. Showing gratitude is a form of kindness!

August Event: Back to School Kindness
August Event: Back to School Kindness

Time & Location

Aug 01, 2024, 5:30 PM – 6:45 PM

Olathe Community Center, 1205 E Kansas City Rd, Olathe, KS 66061, USA

About The Event

Before we know it, summer will come to a close and children will prepare to go back to school. It is a great time to focus on kindness. Did you know that research suggests kids place more value on school achievement than on caring and kindness-and they think their parents and teachers do too? Makes sense though-we encourage our kids to practice good study habits and to work hard on their school work. We bombard them with these words daily. But we don’t talk enough about showing empathy and kindness to others. We tend to focus on our complaints instead of what we are thankful for. The good news is that we can flex our empathy muscles just as easily by changing our focus. Along with encouraging a focus on school studies, we can shift gears to include a focus on kindness to others as well. 

Gratitude is one way to show kindness to others and that is exactly what we are going to focus on as we head back to school. Before school even begins, we want to show the support staff just how thankful we are for all of their hard work. 

Ask your kids if they know what time the bus driver has to wake up to get to work? What is the hardest part of their job?

What is it like to be a crossing guard? Can they think of any dangerous situations crossing guards might end up in just based on their job?

Who makes their hot lunch at school? Is it easy feeding hundreds of kids every day? Who cleans all those dishes?

Who empties the trash, cleans the floors, fixes the broken desk, and changes the light bulbs when they go out?

Who gets thousands of computers prepared and ready to go for the school year?

The list goes on and and on and the number of people it takes to make a school run successfully is a lot! We would like to kick off the school year by teaching kids that gratitude is a way to show kindness. A simple thank you is all it takes!

On August 1, we will gather to assemble a small token of appreciation for some of the above mentioned support staff. This summer, KindCraft families have been working on an at home service project where they upcycled old, broken crayons into bright, colorful heart crayons. At our event, we will sort the heart crayons (there are thousands!!), assemble small boxes, package the crayons, and put stickers and ribbon on them to show our appreciation. We will place a small piece of paper inside the box, asking them to keep a heart for themselves as a reminder of our gratitude and to consider passing the other hearts on to someone they are thankful for. Kindness is contagious! While we work, we will talk about many of the questions above and focus on kicking off the school year with kindness!

We are looking for Student Ambassador Volunteers to help set up, facilitate, and take down this event. For more information please click here.

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