"Be yourself", "you got this", "think positive" were just some of the messages written in chalk outside of Ridgewood Elementary School.
They were put there by members of the school's new Kindness Club. Students in grades third-sixth are invited to meet biweekly before school. The purpose of the club is simple, "Sometimes a small act of kindness goes a long way. I thought it would be a great way to spread kindness around the school," said Jamie Miner, a counselor at Ridegwood.
Miner started the club in hopes of improving school morale, making school a fun place to be, encouraging kindness in self and others, increasing self-esteem for self and others, conducting small acts of kindness, and fostering positive relationships/interactions.
On Thursday, Sept. 9 students were outside writing positive messages on the sidewalks for students to see when they arrived at school.
Some future activities the students may do include: send thank you cards to someone at school, help clean up someone's mess, help a teacher, leave a note for someone, or play with someone new at recess.
"It also helps boost self-esteem because we feel good about ourselves when we are kind to others. So, being in the kindness club benefits the students in it and students and staff in the building," said Miner.