In a World Where You Can Be Anything – Be Kind
By Amy Balluff, School Counselor at Bennett Elementary
Bennett Elementary School held their annual Kindness Retreat with their fourth and fifth grade students on October 3. Each grade-specific retreat was a half day event, run by Bennett Counselor Amy Balluff with help from Davies High School Student Council and SHAPE (Students Helping Achieve Philanthropic Excellence) students.
At the retreat, the Bennett students danced, heard stories and skits related to standing up for others and finding value in our own strengths, and participated in whole group and small group activities that promoted teamwork and respect. In between these respect-centered activities, Davies students also ate lunch and went to recess with the Bennett students.
The purpose of the retreat is to promote kindness and respect for one another, at school, in our homes, and out in the community. Students went back to their classrooms at the conclusion of their retreat and completed a follow-up activity where they needed to share their responses to “In a world where you can be anything, BE KIND!” They created beautiful portraits of ways to spread kindness around school, at home, and in the community.
All photos courtesy Amy Balluff and Patricia Drege.