Junior Auxiliary of Columbus active members visited second- through fifth-grade students at Annunciation Catholic School to present the anti-bullying project “Choose Kindness” as part of the school’s programming during National Red Ribbon Week.
Presented in a small group format, Choose Kindness aims to educate elementary and middle school children on the topic of bullying by rotating through different stations that address what bullying is, and the roles students play in bullying scenarios.
Children discuss the importance of choosing kindness over bullying, as well as forming a paper “kindness chain” with details and acts of kindness the children have given or received.
Casey Thomas is the Curriculum Director/Assistant Principal at ACS, a JA of Columbus third-year active member and project chair for Choose Kindness.
“I feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to integrate two groups of people that I believe so much in — Junior Auxiliary of Columbus and Annunciation Catholic School,” Thomas said. “With it being Red Ribbon Week, it was the perfect time to have JA present Choose Kindness. During Red Ribbon Week, we teach our students how to say no to drugs and bullying which aligns perfectly with Choose Kindness, which teaches students what bullying is and what they should do if they are bullied or see someone bullied. We were very excited to have JA be another voice for our students in teaching them how to be kind and loving.”
The Choose Kindness project was created by the provisional class of 2017-2018 and shows children how to spread joy and positivity, while members interact with them in a fun and meaningful way.
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