Prairie Wind Elementary student starts a movement to spread kindness throughout the school

Published: Feb. 12, 2020 at 8:13 PM CST
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Sam Obrecht, who’s in the sixth grade at Prairie Wind Elementary started the 1,000 Acts of Kindness movement. It’s treated as a fun challenge that allows students to perform an act of kindness. Once a student commits an act of kindness, they must take a picture of them doing the act, send it in an email to the school so it can be put up on a board in one of the hallways.

"Then I thought what if our whole school did one act of kindness, that would be about 500 acts of kindness. Now what if everybody did two acts of kindness, that would be about a thousand acts of kindness," Obrecht said.

Obrecht says the movement started with him and his cousin helping rake the neighbors leaves on thanksgiving.

"It speaks highly to his character and we have a lot of great kids in our district and we're just really proud of what they're doing," director of community relations for LCSD1 Mary Quast said.

"We just want our kids to be influential and send them out with strong ethics. It's really just special to see kids taking that initiative," behavior interventionist Rhonda Lobatos said.

Since he started the challenge, other students took action by starting to show their ways of kindness to their peers, and teachers. Some students have even started clubs. Third grader, Eliana Loos has started an Anti-Bullying club, making cards for the teachers and passing out candy to them.

Prairie Wind Elementary hopes to do 1,000 acts of kindness before the school year ends. They look to spread the movement to other schools in the district, and throughout the community.

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