Did Kindness Count?


This is the Kindness Tree that was created during Kindness Week by the Kindness Counts Team; written on the leaves are students’ thoughts on kindness and why it is important to them. (Picture taken by Kamryn Mattison)


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Kindness, by definition, is the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate. It is widely believed that the most unkind people are younger children and teens. They spend most of their time in school, so their unkind behaviors manifest inside the classroom in the form of bullying. Brashier, in an effort to raise awareness about kindness, held a week dedicated to the virtue of kindness, but did it change anything?

“Our whole school came together to celebrate kindness and to make [it] known that being kind to others is very important; it doesn’t require much effort to be nice, compassionate, or caring toward others. I think that Kindness Week should be continued because we all came together for a good cause,” says sophomore Emma Magnan.

With the help of Ms. Forehand and her appointed Kindness Counts Team, Brashier conducted many activities in the hope of bringing the students closer together. Students who participated seemed to have had a great time, but not everyone believes that Kindness Week had an impact on the amount of kindness at Brashier.

“I don’t think that Kindness Counts Week particularly impacted Brashier. Nothing really changed other than the fact that we put things up-like the tree. It didn’t impact me either, and I don’t think that it was worth all of the effort put forth by the Kindness Team because it didn’t really do anything,” says sophomore Zac Jensen.

An ice cream social, group yoga, rock painting, and a Kindness Assembly were held throughout the week. These activities were aimed at helping people increase kindness toward themselves and others. Throughout the week, students were encouraged to think about what kindness means to them and how it can affect everyone.

“I think that Kindness Week was well worth the effort that the organizers put forth. I participated in the activities, and I had fun. To me, kindness means being nice to others, and the activities that we did helped to do that. I really think that Kindness Week helped to prevent some kind of bullying because it showed that being kind can be fun,” says sophomore Daelyn Anderson.

A kindness tree was created and placed in one of the halls of Brashier. It was designed to highlight the meaning of kindness to the students at our school. During the week, art students were given a leaf on which they wrote about a time that they were kind to someone, someone was kind to them, or they witnessed a kind act. At Friday’s Kindness Assembly, everyone who was in attendance was asked to take a leaf and write down what the word “kindness” meant to them.

“Kindness is important in today’s society. It is important to me as one person, it is important to our school, and it is important to the whole world. We need kindness to be able to interact with each other. Without kindness, we wouldn’t be able to function as a society because we wouldn’t be able to work together properly. I think that Kindness Week really helped bring the importance of being kind to others into the light,” says Brashier guidance counselor Barbara Dansby.

Kindness Counts Week brought people together and helped students make new friends. People who liked the idea of spreading kindness through our school enjoyed all of the activities throughout the week. All in all, Kindness Week did not have monumental changes, but it did show our students that being kind can be fun and lead to beautiful friendships.

“Kindness is important because maybe with more kindness there wouldn’t be as many conflicts in the world. People could just take the extra step and be kind. I think that Kindness Week showed us how we should start thinking about the kind acts that we can, and should, do in our everyday lives. We would have a more positive outlook on society, and not take everything so negatively, which is the easiest thing to do,” says junior Benjamin Yeargin.