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.

Comment News (Armadale) - - Front Page - Jes­sica Nico

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.

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