HUMPHREY — Humphrey Public School students are making an effort to create a kinder world for one another through a #bekind campaign.
Members of the school’s chapter of the National Honor Society have involved the school — from students to staff — in working to make sure everyone feels appreciated through various acts of kindness, acceptance and encouragement.
Honor society sponsor Steph Hogancamp enlisted officers Aidan Weidner, Allie Schneider and Ashley Schemek to come up with projects for the group that would involve the school.
“One of my projects was a kindness board, and I got these boards that have these kindness deeds on them that the whole school can do,” said Weidner, president of the National Honor Society.
There are three boards, one each for elementary students, high school students and staff, and on these boards are lists of things they can do or say to show support.
There is a box in the school secretary’s office in which students drop off their cards once they have completed what it said and pick up a small prize.
The cards “range from just saying please and thank you to drawing a picture for a friend, or for the teachers, it’s bring food on Friday or any other day,” Weidner said. “There’s a card that says talk to five people that you normally wouldn’t talk to and ask them how their day’s going and really listen and hear what they have to say. These are things that everyone can do.”
Schneider said #bekind is working.
“I think it’s been working because in the first quarter there was a lot of drama going on here. Now that we have put this up, I think people are looking more on the brighter side of things, thinking that maybe today won’t be so bad after all,” she said.
She said after first period last Friday morning, she was surprised at what she saw.
“There was a whole line of sticky notes on everyone’s locker. I looked at it, and it made my day, something sweet and nice like that,” she said.
The sticky notes offered words of encouragement from an anonymous person or people in the building and were placed on lockers throughout the school.
“There was one on the locker next to me that said, ‘Santa is watching,’ and the one I had was ‘Believe,’ and ‘Believe in you,’ and one had a smiley face and another said, ‘Have a great day.’ Just simple things like that,” Schneider said.
Weidner said the idea rose from a conversation he had with his mother, Tricia Weidner, who suggested checking out the internet site Pinterest.
“I asked her what I could do for the whole school that would brighten their day,” he said.
The effort has been such a success that one day all the note cards suggesting something to do were gone, and kids were asking for more.
“I just think it’s good that they are stepping up and showing that leadership and that character, which are two of the pillars for honor society,” Hogancamp said.
She said the mood has been better and people have treated each other better since the program started.
“Not everyone is going to buy into it, that’s just a fact, but it’s making a difference,” she said.