The Kindness Club at Morrison School may be new this year, but club members aren’t wasting any time doing good deeds. The club, which has 30 members, meets once a month to make a difference.
“The ultimate goal of the club is to change our school, community, and world with kindness,” said club sponsor and teacher Christy Farless. “We only use language that lifts others up — never puts them down. We are upstanders not bystanders.”
Since August, the club has participated in over 10 kindness projects.
For teachers, Kindness Club members made Worth It Boxes for students to put cards or letters of appreciation. Additionally, they brought a Sunshine Cart around for the teachers and staff containing snacks and drinks.
To promote thoughtfulness among their peers at school, members ordered kindness quotes to put on the bathroom stall and have given inspiration quotes to students entering the building. Another project called Caught Being Kind recognized students for acts of kindness during morning announcements.
As for the community, from making chew toys and dog bones for Viola Valley Dogs to treat bags for Morrison firefighters, the Morrison Kindness Club strives to reach beyond school boundaries.
Fourth-grader Khloe Bouldin described why the club’s latest project, Operation Toy Time, a drive to collect items to give to patients and families at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, is so important.
“Sometimes when families have a kid in the hospital, they have doctors’ bills to pay so they can’t buy presents for their children so it’s good for us to collect these toys to give,” said Khloe. “We hope everyone at Morrison brings in toys.”
Members are also collecting new clothing, family and self-care items, arts and crafts, electronics and books until Dec. 13. These items can be brought to Morrison School.
To raise money for more kindness projects, members will be holding a Christmas Village Saturday, Nov. 30 at Morrison gym from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Lots of vendors will be set up offering Christmas items, clothing and candles for purchase. Jenny Owens from JennyZ DreamZ Photography will be taking Santa pictures.
As for food, Saucy Girls TN food truck will be serving up their banana s’mores and churros, tri-tip sandwiches, parmesan ranch chicken tenders, pulled pork sandwiches, and more. Music and door prizes will be provided throughout the day.
When asked what they’ve learned from being a part of the Kindness Club, a couple of members spoke up.
“We have learned how to be kind,” explained Joshua Graham. “I was nice to someone and helped them with a math problem when they helped someone.”
Added third-grader Mallory Cantrell, “It’s like you are skipping a rock. It’s a ripple effect.”
If you’d like to help support the Morrison Kindness Club, call 931-259-4617.