RIDGEFIELD — A “Kindness Tree” made out of construction paper is growing daily in the central hall at South Ridge Elementary. The idea for the project started with the school’s fourth-graders discussing how they could demonstrate kindness to others.
“The Kindness Tree is a way for students to learn what kindness is, what it can look like, and what it can do,” said teacher Jackie Bergeron. “It’s a tangible way for them to recognize kindness each and every day.”
Students are encouraged to record and recognize acts of kindness by writing them on paper leaves. They then place the leaves in a box in the hallway to be added to the branches of the tree. Bergeron’s daughter, Olivia, a student at Sunset Ridge Intermediate School, helps by putting the new leaves on the tree each day after school.
Everyone hopes the tree will be full of leaves by the end of the month.