FRIENDSWOOD, Texas – First- and second-graders at Landolt Elementary, in Friendswood, are wrapping up their first semester in the Kindness Club.
So many kids wanted to join this club, that they've added a second one for next semester.
"We’re equipping these kids with a desire, ideas," said teacher Rachel Willard who started the club with teacher Bella Marks in late October. "And leading by example," said Marks. "If they see us doing it, they want to do it too. They imitate what we're doing."
The club meets once a week and decides where to spread kindness and how: sometimes they keep it in house, doing something special for classmates or teachers, and other times, the kids work on projects to share with the community.
"The reason why we do it, is because we spread kindness all over the world. And even in our school." said second-grader Taryn Gill. "And if we spread kindness, other people will get kindness too."
"I could spread it to somebody else," said Sebastian Franco, "then he could spread it to somebody else, until the whole world gets covered."
The students used sidewalk chalk to spread messages like: You Matter! They also made placemats for a homeless shelter serving Thanksgiving meals.
The kids also put Kindness Bookmarks put in random books in the library and used “empathy bracelets” to teach kids empathy to help a friend in need/understand feelings.
The kids say it's a club you never age out of.
"Because whenever you spread kindness when you're a kid, you keep it inside you forever," Taryn told us.
"It doesn't matter if you're out. You're still in it," agreed Sebastian.