Pay­ing it for­ward with kind­ness

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion -

AL­MOST 400 mid­dle school stu­dents from Hale School spent a day giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity as part of the school’s ser­vice learn­ing project.

Head of mid­dle school pas­toral care Ju­lianne Nis­sen cre­ated and ran But­ter­fly Ef­fect Day.

“The idea be­hind the day was to give our boys a mean­ing­ful, real world con­nec­tion with their lo­cal com­mu­nity,” Ms Nis­sen said.

“By pro­vid­ing a sim­ple ges­ture of kind­ness in our com­mu­nity, it is hoped that this day may in­spire them to ex­plore other ways to make a dif­fer­ence in the lives of oth­ers.

“With nearly 400 boys work­ing to­gether with teach­ers and par­ents, this day made sig­nif­i­cant real world con­nec­tions that were mea­sured by the grate­ful smiles, phone calls, com­ments, emails and let­ters sent af­ter the event.”

Some of the 21 ac­tiv­i­ties the boys took part in in­cluded bak­ing and de­liv­er­ing 400 cook­ies to a home­less shel­ter, a coastal care clean-up at City Beach, and mak­ing grat­i­tude cards.

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