Preventing bullying in schools is as important today as it has ever been. To address the issue of bullying, Williams Heights Elementary School held a Kindness Adventure Assembly for PBIS. The Kindness Adventure assembly gets to the heart of bullying by showing that differences are not something to fear, but to respect and celebrate.The Kindness Adventure assembly supports Williams Heights’ initiatives for developing a positive and caring school climate. The proactive approach aims to prevent many forms of mistreatment, including bullying, by showcasing the sense of satisfaction that takes place when a child chooses to show kindness, respect and acceptance. PBIS Students of the Month were recognized prior to the assembly and were treated to a front row seat and an array of rewards.
Students participated in a global adventure that inspired them to be more kind-hearted and open-minded to everyone they meet. Mr. Tim Shaffer, Kindness Adventure host extraordinaire, used storytelling, music, interactive videos, magical illusions, and audience participation to take Williams Heights students on a journey to Africa, where things are quite different.The Kindness Adventure partnered with Bidii Primary school in Nairobi, Kenya, who invited us and our friend, NED, a lovable cartoon character, to visit their beautiful country. Although there was some fear and reluctance at first because of the differences, we quickly learned that we have something in common with the kids in Kenya that can break down barriers of difference…a kind heart and an open mind.
After the show, all students were able to purchase handmade Kenyan bracelets and necklaces, with the proceeds going directly towards building wells for clean water in Kenyan villages. Students were so excited to give back and pay it forward! The bracelets and necklaces serve as reminders to be kind; it's been fantastic to see so many students adorned with the unique and colorful jewelry. Counselor Wendy Sirmons and Principal Staci Smallwood both rated this event as one of the best assemblies we have ever had!
Back row L-R: Marquis C., Ezrial T., Payton D., Parth P., Azariah J., Jalen J., Julius P., Adarius B., Jada W., Kiera M., Kindness Adventure Host Mr. Tim Shaffer
Front row L-R: Zikian M., Chase S., Maddux G., Adam J., Layla W., Ava M., Jack H., My N., Leah S., Julianna M.
Students of the Month not pictured: Madalyn H., McKenzi T., and David L.