WILTON — Academy Hill School students have participated in six weeks of Kindness Projects each year for the past four years as part of the Mt. Blue School District’s Positive Interventions and Supports Program.

The program sets schoolwide behavior expectations, which include “being respectful, being responsible and being kind” at Academy Hill.

The Kindness Projects began after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut in 2014.

Projects this year include:

• Mrs. Benton’s third-grade class made treats for Wilton firefighters and police to thank them for their service.

• Mrs. Kaiser’s third-grade class made no-bake cookies for everyone in the school.

• Mrs. Dyar’s third-grade class wrote compliments and happy messages on sticky notes and left them for others throughout the school as a surprise.

• Mrs. LaVerdiere’s fourth-grade class raised money through a “throw-a-thon” for the Wounded Warrior Project.

• Mrs. Badeau’s fourth-grade class made dog and cat toys for the Franklin County Animal Shelter.

• Mrs. Drechsler’s fifth-grade class collected books to give to the Western Maine Homeless Shelter.

• Mrs. Ellis’ fifth-grade class raised money to make a “buddy bench” for the playground at Academy Hill. Students can sit on the bench at recess if they would like someone to play with.

In addition to the projects, students have been performing daily acts of kindness at school, at home or in the community. When an act is completed, students fill out a paper heart to place on the newly painted “kindness tree” in the lobby of the school, which reads “Kindness Makes Us Bloom.”

Each classroom also decorated its door to illustrate its project, and two classrooms will be selected as winners and awarded a pizza party.


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