When students walked into the building on Monday, February 8, over 3,000 hearts greeted them.
“The hearts are there as a visual to spread kindness and as a surprise for the student body,” said Student Senate Vice President, Bailey Ford. “We wanted to encourage students with uplifting sayings.”
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, Gull Lake’s Student Senate and Environmental Club are working together to help their peers spread the love with “Kindness Week.”
To start off the week, kids and teachers walked into school Monday morning to see the halls plastered with paper hearts that read positive messages like “Be Yourself,” “You’re Beautiful,” and “Follow your Dreams.”
Ford and Senate members cut around 3,000 hearts and hung them up around the school during conferences last Friday.
“We had to cut 31 for each classroom, and all of the extras we had we put on the wall,” sophomore Senate member Maria Grubb said.
Students have the option fill out the hearts distributed to each classroom and post them on a wall in the cafeteria.
Of course, the hearts don’t just declare words of affirmation and love. In fact, a number of them suggest easy ways someone can spread the love themselves with a random act of kindness.
“Simple stuff like giving someone a hug or holding the door open for someone or even just flashing a smile at someone goes a long way,” Grubb said.
Students are encouraged post photos of their acts of kindness on social media using the hashtag #glhskindnessweek.
“We have loved seeing what everyone is posting on Instagram and Twitter,” Ford said.
Students can also celebrate “Kindness Week” by purchasing a carnation to be delivered to a friend during lunch. All proceeds from carnation sales will be donated to the Special Olympics.
“Carnations are something we do every year, and we thought it would be perfect to use the money from the carnations to help support the Special Olympics,” Grubb said.
The carnations will be passed out this Friday during fourth and fifth block.
Another way students at Gull Lake can show kindness to others is by expanding their horizons beyond the school walls and turning their attention towards serving the greater community. To play their part in the celebration of “Kindness Week,” the Environmental Club has organized a water drive for the Flint Water Crisis. By donating a case of pure water, one can help provide relief to the families in Flint suffering during the Water Crisis
“It’s a thing that can help spread the love, not throughout just our school but throughout the state,” Grubb said.