Throughout the semester, Chase kids in the Lower School have been learning about kindness and how to integrate it into their daily lives, both on and off campus. With programs like the Kindness Club and the Chase Cares campaign, our youngest learners have learned how to be true warriors of kindness!
On Wednesday, December 13, over 40 young learners in grades K-5 and Chase faculty members traveled to the Ben’s Bells studio in Bethel where they listened attentively, participated in interactive kindness activities and created beautiful kindness coins that spread and share the message to “Be Kind”.
Ben’s Bells, a non-profit based out of Arizona holds a core mission to inspire, motivate, and educate people about the power of sharing and spreading kindness in their community. School counselor Molly Emmer partnered with the group through their “Kindness Campus” initiative which provides schools with activities, discussion topics and other resources to help foster a culture of kindness.
At the studio, Chase kids witnessed how a single act of kindness can affect the person spreading,receiving or observing the kind act. Students learned how each and every person is connected through their capability to be kind.
After an eye-opening and heartwarming discussion, Chase kids had the chance to share kind thoughts. Everyone got a piece of paper printed with “Say something kind about [name]” and the room instantly filled with joy! Students gave each other a “pat on the back” by writing something kind on the piece of paper, and the results were shared with each student upon their return to school. Compliments such as "I love your smile!" and "You are a great friend" showed the full depth of appreciation and regard Chase kids have for one another.
At the end of the visit, students and teachers had the chance to create “Kindness Coins” -- painted clay tokens that are passed out when the holder of the token observes an act of kindness. The goal is for the tokens to continue to be passed from person to person, creating a ripple effect of kindness.
As a school, we are proud of the hard work and dedication our students put in to the practice of kindness. As part of our commitment to kindness and the program on campus, Chase will be receiving, creating and installing a “Ben’s Bells Kindness Mural”, a beautiful mosaic crafted from coins and tokens made by volunteers within the Chase community and assembled as a group on campus. Stay tuned for more information on how to assist with this incredible addition to Chase!
For more information on Ben’s Bells Visit their website or drop by the Bethel location (one of two in the country) Tuesday-Thursday, 12:00-8:00 PM & Saturday, 10:00-2:00 PM to help spread kindness!