Valencia High School started off the second semester by focusing on spreading kindness. Each day, the school had a different activity to try and promote compassion on campus. The theme for the week was “Color Your World With Kindness.”
As students walked through the gates on Monday, January 28, they were greeted by Link Crew Leaders passing out stickers that said “Kind people are my KIND of people,” “Make kindness normal,” and “Kindness is cool.” Then, in second period, students watched an informational video surrounding the theme and took a pledge to be kind.
The rest of the week followed in suit with a chalk art contest, teacher tribute video, and photo booth, as well as a “U Matter” assembly with guest speaker Richard Kuo. Candidly with the Tigers, Kuo shared about his personal struggles and encouraged students to speak openly about their challenges as well. Ultimately, Kuo sent the students on their way with the message that “you matter” instilled.
Later in the week, the chalk art contest was also a great success with many beautiful tributes to kindness carefully crafted by teams of students. The winning masterpiece depicted the mountains, the sun, and the seas with the Dr. Seuss quote, “Mankind can be kind.”
“Overall it was a great week to see our students come together in kindness,” said Valencia’s activities coordinator, Lauren Stouffer. “Our campus was literally colored in kindness.”