Student is Rock Solid when it Comes to Kindness

Student is Rock Solid when it Comes to Kindness
Posted on 12/13/2020
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When Elena May, 7th grader at Lane Intermediate School, looked at the “orchestra choice board” for a project related to kindness, respect, responsibility, and community, she came up with an idea all her own.   


“As part of my orchestra project, I chose to make kindness rocks that I can put around my neighborhood to make people’s days a little bit better. I wanted to make kindness rocks for a project for orchestra because this class has taught me about mindfulness and kindness,” said Elena.

 

According to her teacher and District Music Department Lead, Mrs. Michels, orchestra students have been doing mini-projects related to music and mindfulness this year. 


“Choices for projects include music composition, writing letters, or learning about music history.  Students select a project from our “choice board” or design and create a project on their own.  We also have mindfulness lessons on Wednesday where we emphasize the importance of kindness, respect, responsibility, and community.  Elena came up with her idea to make ‘kindness rocks’,” explained Michels.


“Aspects of our Deeper Learning Competencies: creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving, self-directed learning, communication, character, and citizenship are achieved by projects like this,” explains Michels.  “By their nature, Performance Music Ensembles give kids a sense of belonging and community.  We work to foster communication and public responsibility while encouraging each child to have a voice within their music family. Elena thought it would be fun to leave a kindness rock as a surprise for someone.  She has a strong sense of caring and kindness towards the people in her neighborhood.”


Elena is proud of her project because she strives to help others.  “The people in orchestra class have helped me and they have been kind to me. The mindfulness activities we do in class help us learn about how hurtful bullying and gossip can be. I want to use kindness rocks to help someone having a hard time feel better,” she explains.


“Elena strives to be creative as well as caring, and I am always excited to see what she will do next.  She has a strong work ethic and sense of the entire community around her.  She knows that each person in her community is unique and has something special to offer, and she is quick to recognize and acknowledge this in all people,” adds Michels.