KIND- HEARTED KIDS SHINE
INSPIRE LIFTOUT INSIDE
A CLASS of young children at Wulguru State School has been recognised for a random act of kindness they carried out on Christmas Day.
Year 4 students last year put together disposable coffee cups filled with candy canes, chocolates, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, sugar and a note of thanks.
The cups were delivered to staff at the Townsville Hospital who had to work on Christmas Day.
Their classroom- act of kindness is featured on the NED Show’s website in its Keep Kindness Going Gallery as a school project that demonstrates exceptional purpose, student involvement and student learning.
The NED Show, a school- wide education program that recognises community service projects at schools by hosting a kindness challenge, awarded the class a top 10 finals place.
Teacher Monique Fenech said she was incredibly proud of her selfless students.
“As their teacher, I was blown away by how eager they were to participate and the effort they went to so that their recipients would understand just how great we thought they were, even if we didn’t know their names,” she said. “During the school holidays I was brought to tears of pride and joy when I received emails from hospital staff thanking my students for having such beautiful hearts.”
Hoping to make the project bigger for Christmas this year, Ms Fenech applied for a mini- grant being offered by the NED Program for kindness activities.
“While we unfortunately didn’t win, we were named as a top 10 finalist worldwide,” Ms Fenech said. “I was so excited for the kids to be recognised, even though I knew we hadn’t done it for any such accolades.
“We don’t need a great deal of money or resources to bring happiness to others but with a little bit of thought and a great intention, we can create a tidal effect of happiness. I am so proud of my class from last year and I hope that they understand that.
“But more importantly, I hope that they are proud of themselves and are inspired to continue throwing kindness around like confetti.”
SELFLESS ACT: Wulguru State School students Chole Jones and Chelsea Roddom with their classmates and teacher Monique Fenech and, inset, the coffee cup bundles students put together for Townsville Hospital staff.