South Orangetown Central School District

This week, William O. Schaefer Elementary School and Cottage Lane Elementary School are celebrating World Kindness Week! World Kindness Day is celebrated annually on November 13 and WOS and CLE School Counselors Tennille Marino and Stephanie Chahales organized a variety of activities to recognize the day with a week-long celebration.

 Throughout the week, members of the WOS student support team have been visiting classrooms to read the book “The Power of One: Every Act of Kindness Counts” by Trudy Ludwig. On Tuesday, Marino read to Samantha Benaquista and Caralyn Cosgrove’s second grade class and spoke about how students can practice kindness every day. After reading the book, Marino asked students to turn to the person next to them and talk about small acts of kindness they could do that day to brighten someone’s day.

 “It is extremely important to recognize World Kindness Day at the K-2 level. We are using this week to remind our students that even the smallest gesture such as a smile, a compliment or an unexpected act can make a positive difference in someone’s day,” said Marino. “When students demonstrate kindness, they are learning how to connect with others and how to build meaningful friendships.”

WOS World Kindness Week push-in lesson