Lessons in kindness
Forrestdale Primary School students are giving up their pocket money to make complete strangers happy, one random act of kindness at a time.
MORE than 40 sick children staying in Armadale Hospital will have a beautiful ‘get well soon’ letter to read and soft toy to cuddle after some random acts of kindness from Forrestdale Primary School students.
Forrestdale’s Cloud 9 Club was formed earlier this year to give Year 3 and 4 students the chance to spread happiness in the local community through random acts of kindness.
Last week staff at the hospital’s paediatrics ward were surprised to find a tub full of more than 40 soft toys and handwritten letters from the students, who asked for them to be handed out to sick young children in need of something to cuddle.
Armadale Hospital paediatrician Sarah Skeldon said it was an amazing gesture that had really touched the staff, especially when they found out the toys had been purchased with the students’ own pocket money.
“I’ve seen some photos of a little girl who was given a toy and a card and she was very happy,” she said.
“This time of year as well, for children ending up in hospital in the run-up to Christmas, having something that we can give them to brighten their time here is fantastic.”
Staff development nurse Michelle Hyde said the staff were also benefiting from the dose of happiness they received from passing on the gifts to the patients.
Students said it was important for them to do random acts of kindness for other people.
“It’s important so there are more happy people than sad and so the world can be a little better,” Chloe Knowles (10) said.
Front: Teneah Farnsworth (9), Amelia Imhof (10), Kayde Stanborough (10) and (back) Declan Cornwell (9) and Noah Keogh (9) with teacher Anna Fletcher.
Forrestdale primary students with their soft toy donations and some Armadale hospital staff.