A recent NBC News Story highlighted a group of first grade students who were taking part in the SPPRAK project in Terre Haute, Indiana. SPPRAK, which stands for Special People Performing Random Acts of Kindness, helps students take notice of the nice things others do for them.
Students write down their words of thanks on sticky notes which are then posted on bulletin boards throughout the school's hallways. In today's world where so many schools are worried about issues like violence and bullying, it seems like this idea goes against the grain.
The first grade students took the project quickly and thanked one another for simple tasks, such as getting help tying shoes. What a wonderful concept to teach these 6-year-old students!
First grade seems like a wonderful age to begin teaching kids these life lessons. At this age, kids are like little sponges and they'll soak up whatever we teach them, good or bad. As they're learning about the world, themselves and their relationships, it's a great time to help them focus on being grateful.
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