Seventh-graders promote kindness with publicity campaign

2013-11-25T00:00:00Z Seventh-graders promote kindness with publicity campaignTimes Staff
November 25, 2013 12:00 am  • 

WHITING | George Rogers Clark Middle School seventh-graders in Patty McKinley’s Digital Communication Tools classes used their computer skills to promote World Kindness Day and Nov. 13, and continue to publicize the anti-bullying campaign started last month by the State of Indiana.

Being a subscriber to the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation website, McKinley is inspired on a monthly basis to reflect on ways to make this world a better place.

Quotes like: “When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace,” spoken by the 14th Dalai Lama, are the premise for this unit which concludes the grading period and term, McKinley said.

The students made posters for the hallways, created a PowerPoint presentation to encourage kindness and are converting the PowerPoint programs into a movie using Windows MovieMaker.

The best movies from her classes will be submitted to the USA Network’s Characters Unite Anti-Bullying Commercial Contest, McKinley added. The contest winner shall receive an iPad and a trip to Los Angeles to see the commercial filmed

The students also conducted a school-wide collection under the auspices of Clark Cares to pay for the hotel expenses of a fire victim who works within the school. Also, they are helping collect money for the Pennies for Paws Drive to aid a local animal shelter.

It feels “awesome doing something to help everyone,” seventh-grader Priscilla Miranda said.

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