Our students paid tribute to the 17 people who lost their lives on February 14th, 2018 in the Florida school. Coming together as a community, they showed what we can all do to make a positive impact in our school and in the world around us in their memory. This morning they held a "Walk-Up" to join over 1,000 other schools today in remembering the lives lost in Florida and spreading positive messages to create change in schools nationwide.
Students began their assembly with a skit in which a girl was being bullied by other students. She was saved by another character who always spoke kind words to her, and expressed her value. The story reflects the positive impact that kind words have on a person's self-esteem, attitude, and actions. Our students hoped that by spreading this message, they could prevent future violence and help spread kindness inside and outside of our halls.
In honor of the 17 lives tragically taken on February 14th, 17 MLS students took action in changing their own actions to help improve the climate of our school and our surrounding community. 17 students came forward, representing all of the ages and nationalities within our school to pledge to spread kindness in different ways. We joined together for 17 moments of silence, as each student stepped forward, shared their new positive acts, and showed a photo of one of the Florida victims.
#Our17 Acts of Kindness
I will offer help to someone who looks like they are struggling.
I will make sure everyone feels needed.
I will give someone a reason to want to come to school.
I will invite people into my life in a positive way.
I will give people hugs when they need one.
I will make someone laugh.
I will help someone by even just asking "how is your day".
When there is a problem I will use respectful communication skills.
I will help someone who is struggling with classwork.
I will hold the door for someone.
I will say "Hi" to someone new.
I will give meaningful compliments.
I will let people know that they are not alone.
I will smile.
I will stand up for people who need help.
I will partner up with a lonely person.
David-Paul Schulze stated, "In closing today, I’d like to read a passage from the Bible that sums up our program. Please listen carefully, and think of how you can be kind today, and what gifts you can share to make a positive impact in our school."
“For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit. For the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot should say, "Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body," that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear should say, "Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body," that would not make it any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, yet one body….And God has so composed the body... that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together."
- Corinthians 12:12-26
We are blessed with an incredibly supportive and kind community at Martin Luther School. Thank you to our students for making this a priority today, and everyday.