The world could use some extra kindness right now, and students across Orange County are working to deliver it. As we mentioned earlier this week, students and staff are participating in the Great Kindness Challenge, which is a national program dedicated to recording as many acts of kindness as possible in a single week.
As you may know, we at OCDE are very passionate about kindness and take joy in sharing the stories we receive as a reminder that everyday people are making positive contributions our community.
We thought we’d round up a few of the good deeds here, starting with Laguna Road Elementary in the Fullerton School District.
First-grade — and first-year — teacher Julia Monson has gone the extra mile to promote kindness across her campus. In addition to organizing special spirit days and a virtual acts of kindness checklist, Monson is spreading kindness through a special foundation that remains close to her heart.
Carrying on the legacy of her sister, Katie, who lost her life to brain cancer in 2017, Monson has enlisted the help of the KM Legacy Foundation. Created in 2017 by Katie Monson with a mission to promote kindness, the foundation raises money for brain cancer awareness research while also providing scholarships and leadership opportunities for the Fullerton Joint Union High School District. The foundation has generously donated kindness shirts for the entire campus to wear on Friday, Jan. 29.
“I think it is so important to emphasize the meaning of Kindness Matters, as this year is different than any other has been,” said Monson. “Students, staff, family members and our community are suffering during this pandemic, and I hope this week brings some positivity to all.”
And here are some other examples of schools and districts spreading kindness across the county.