SCUGOG: Following the popular trend of community charity groups ‘100 Women/Men Who Care’ which have sprung up across North Durham, students at R.H. Cornish Public School have stepped up to form the next generation of good samaritans - with a twist of their own.
Unlike the adult version of the charity groups, the kindergarten to Grade 8 students that make up the 100 Kids Who Care movement will not be asked for cash donations - they will instead be asked to offer their time and assistance - in a campaign which hopes to effect change in their homes, schools, and communities at-large.
“The student’s first mission will be to perform three random acts of kindness, and have their sheets signed by parents or guardians - that’s their sign-up pledge,” said Co-organizer Mme. Campbell. “In the future, we hope to have the intermediate students and seniors come forward with their own ideas for good-will projects, and help the younger kids to learn.”
With an opening assembly attended by more than 160 students, the parent and teacher-lead ‘100 Kids Who Care’ project was off to a soaring start on Friday, Feb. 20.
The assembly included the reading of a storybook titled ‘Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deed’ which carries a positive message of caring for family, neighbours, friends, and strangers.
At the end of their storybook reading, the students in attendance were told that “One act of caring can create an endless ripple effect, and it all starts with you.”
Mrs. Samuel, one of the teacher organizers behind the group, told The Standard that there is too much emphasis on what kids are not supposed to, such as ‘don’t bully, don’t be mean,’ - but that she hoped to create a positive environment and show their students and children what they are supposed to do. At each meeting, the students will be assigned a Mission of Caring to complete that month.
“Our students are wonderful, they help at home with dinner, cleaning up, and caring for their pets and siblings,” said Mrs. Samuel. “What we want to do is push them to think bigger, and start spreading kindness outside of their homes.”