KIND- HEARTED KIDS SHINE

IN­SPIRE LIFTOUT INSIDE

Townsville Bulletin - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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