Random Act of Kindness of the Month

December 2000



Benton Elementary
Ashley Jones
Teacher - Kindergarten

Our December honorees are Austin, Erica, and Nick. Austin has been so kind and willing to help others. Nick always has a smile and hug. Erica is so good at helping around the room and putting things away. They are all a joy to have in class.


P.S. 279
Terry Engelbert
Teacher grade 3


  Tracey Henderson is this month's nominee for the Random Act of Kindness Award. She is a very hard working and diligent student who is always around to help her classmates when they need her.Tracey knows when someone needs help even before she is asked. She lends a pencil without the person asking her for one and if someone is having difficulty with a problem she will try her best to solve it. I have witnessed this a few times and it is amazing. She is truly a delight. Keep up the good work Tracey!




School No. 6
Ellen Mandel-Steiner
Teacher - ESL K-5

Here is the latest honoree for December 2000, and it is just in time for her November 26th birthday! RK came to America in October 1999 from Lithuania. She had no English, yet managed to acquire the language very rapidly. RK is always helpful in ESL class whether you need a bulletin board designer and decorator, or a pre-k or kindergarten monitor. She is always ready to lend a helping hand with a lovely smile on her face. RK loves primary grade students so much, that she aspires to be a pre-k or kindergarten teacher when she grows up. She also loves giving gifts to her fellow students and teachers, and works beautifully with new ESL students. I can't say enough about her, and wish her a very happy 11th birthday!


Sea View School
Gail Henderson
Teacher - grade 3/4/5

Paul helped a classmate who was being harassed by other kids. Paul told his friend to ignore them and walk away. It worked and made Paul's friend feel much better. Way to go, Paul!

Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart
Annie Sanchez
Teacher- grade 8 - U.S. History

My honoree for December is Ana Carolina Varela. Caro is an eighth grader at Carrollton Junior High in Miami, Florida. I wish to honor her this month to recognize her consistent effort and dedication to her studies. It is a pleasure to have Caro in class. She is attentive, participates enthusiastically, and completes all of her assignments. Furthermore, she is an independent thinker who is not afraid to voice her opinion about issues. Congratulations Caro! Love, Mrs. Sanchez

Steele School
Scott Stolzenberg
Teacher - music
Alexa is a fourth grader at Steele School in Baldwin. She is highly motivated and always willing to lend a helping hand.
Alexa has spent the last few weeks helping a girl with Downs Syndrome learn her concert music. They sit together in class, practice on their own time, and play together during recess. Alexa is a true friend and wonderful student!  


Edison Middle School
Shelly Kakouris
Teacher - grade 6

The 6th grade students at Edison Middle School have nominated Lauren Smith to receive the Random Acts of Kindness award for this month. Lauren is a very kind girl who is always concerned for the attitudes and feelings of others. Recently, when a student had been on vacation during a particularly difficult section of our math work, Lauren gladly accepted my challenge to tutor her on what she had missed instead of participating in the enrichment activities planned for the days following the test. One student nomination recognized her for simply, "Saying something that cheered me up, and made my day." Lauren's empathy for others is truly appreciated by the teachers, as well as the students in her classes. Thank you Lauren, for your thoughtful gestures. Keep up the good work!


Winsor Hill Elementary
Donna Doutre
Teacher - grade 3

Neida Porras always projects to the class a genuine kindness and respectfulness. She is always willing to help the teachers as well as her peers. She promptly offers a hand whenever someone is in need. She does not wait to be asked for help and is always the first to offer. Neida is always the first child to say thank you and the other children always follow her lead. She is a team player and is never the cause of any conflict. She is genuinely sweet, hardworking child who is a pleasure to have in class.




J. C. Solmonese Elementary School
Wendy Quinlan
Teacher - Technology - grades 1-3

Students in Mrs. Allenson's class are now being given bottle caps every time they do something positive. These caps can be turned in for free fun time. Darren did something nice - he picked up something that had fallen off of Aniqua's desk for Aniqua. She turned around and gave him a bottle cap for the nice gesture. Way to go Darren and Aniqua!

Michael, in Mrs. Almeida's Gr. 2 class, needs to be in wheel chair for a while. The first day he came to school with his chair, Nick took right over. He sits by him and helps push him all over the school. He took this responsibility without being asked and Michael really appreciates Nick's kindness.

During the beginning of Mr. Arieta's music class, Joshua from Mrs. Araujo's Gr. 2 class, gave up his seat so Erin could sit instead of himself. This was a wonderful kind act that Mr. Arieta believes should be known to all at Solmonese.



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 holiday to remember!
If you would like your class to participate they can make cards too! The cards need to be sent by December 13, 2000 to:

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

Please enclose the following information:
school name and address, teacher's name, grade level and number of students.

Lockwood School
Darlene Hess
Teacher - 8th grade

The person I picked for his Random Acts of Kindness is Brannon! Brannon has done a lot of good and helpful things in our computer class. He helps every one and is kind and almost never grouchy. He knows a lot about computers and uses that in a good way. He deserves recognition.