Random Act of Kindness Project - November
Random Act of Kindness of the Month

November 1998


Sagemont School
Teresa Salafrio
Teacher grade 1

Ashley is a first grade student at the Sagemont School in Weston, Florida. Ashley is six years old. She was chosen to receive this honor because she has been very helpful with two new students in our classroom. One of the students does not speak any English. Ashley always helps him understand what the activity is and what we are doing. She has also been very helpful with another student who recently joined our class. She made this new student feel very welcome in our class. Ashley did all of this on her own, without anyone asking. Ashley has truly done a great act of kindness!

P.S. 279
Harriet Stolzenberg
Teacher Grade 3

I am very proud of my entire class for their good deed. The class made cards for veterans around the country. Not only did they design original cards, but each included a special message. I'm sure the people who receive them will have a Veteran's Day to remember.
If you would like your class to participate they can make cards for the holidays. The cards need to be sent by December 11,1998 to:

America's Children for America's Heroes
NCOA National Defense Foundation
225 N. Washington Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

P.S. 279
Terry Engelbert
Teacher grade 3

Kinnari is a third grade student at P.S. 279, in Brooklyn, N.Y. She definitely deserves the Random Act of Kindness Award for many reasons. Whenever anyone is sad, Kinnari is one of the first to go over and console her friend. She puts her arms around them and tells them that everything is going to be alright. I always get such a warm feeling from this. She has such a good heart.

If anything in the classroom needs to be swept or picked up, she volunteers and never has to be asked. She is such a great helper.

For this and other reasons I am proud to give Kinnari this very important award. I am so proud of her and I know her goodness will be passed on to others.

Williams Elementary School
Terry Smith
Teacher Grade 5

Joe the Nice Guy
While working on a multi-kid monster making project, Joe recently was guilty of being an extra nice guy. He had constructed the head of a friendly monster named Jabberwocky. Corey was making the monster's hair. It seems that Corey's hair was not going to fit on Joe's head and it seemed very likely that a disagreement or worse might happen. As it turns out, Joe listened to Corey and thought about the matter and cheerfully agreed to slightly modify the shape of the monster's head to fit the snake hair that Corey had already made. Now Joe has to deal with KJ on the size of the neck!


Merton School
Nancy Freedin
Teacher grade 5

Last week my students were playing an active game of soccer outside in the school playing field. The day was very pleasant but the field was very muddy and messy. One of my students, Anthony took a spill and was therefore covered in mud and dirt. ( Apparently quite a sight!)
Most of the students stood around and laughed forgetting that Anthony was feeling rather embarrassed and extremely uncomfortable. Justin came to the rescue. He had great empathy for Anthony. He helped him to clean up and worked at trying to boost his moral. What made this incident even more touching was the fact that when I asked the students to recall a "random act of kindness", Anthony's face brightened. He very excitedly related the above story.


Franklin Academy
Latrisha Sampson
Teacher Grade 4

David Cotter is a fourth grade student at Franklin Academy. The act that David performed that impressed me is that one afternoon while the class was playing kickball some of the children were complaining about not getting a chance to kick, and how the teams were "unfair". Instead of complaining and being more concerned about winning David came to me and suggested that since his team already had a chance for all its players to kick then they should let the other team kick. Instead of keeping points we should just make sure everyone has a chance to kick. This was the perfect solution and the children were okay with this solution.

PS 279 - Annex
Stacey Fauci
Teacher Computer Lab

In our computer lab a student was crying because she accidentally erased her work before she had gotten a chance to save it. Jeanne Kelly, a first grader, offered to sit with her classmate and help her recreate all of her work. Jeanne said she remembered just what her friend's work looked like because she was admiring it earlier that day. Jeanne really "saved" the day!!!

Royal Palm Elementary
Michele Miletsky
Teacher Grade 1

Being a teacher in an inner city school I see many random acts of kindness. The ones that stick out in my mind are the simple ones. For example, last week a new student joined my class and didn't have any school supplies, including pencils and erasers. Almost all of my students offered her a pencil that day. The pencils they offered her were earned when they passed their spelling tests the week before. They work hard to earn these pencils. Some of them didn't have pencils before I gave them one either. They welcomed this new student with open arms, ready to give up their "Super Speller" pencils to help a new friend. It may seem small but to these children it is a big deal to give up anything at all.

David Lipscomb Elementary School
Sharon Nikolaus
Teacher Grade 2

Paige, one of my second graders, stays a few minutes after dismissal to make sure pencils, crayons, paper, etc. are off the floor so the janitor has an easier time sweeping. She goes around the room pushing in the chairs at centers, straightening our room library, or anything else that needs to be done. Paige never seeks attention for this, but quietly makes improvements and goes on her way.