Cawston Elementary students shine during National Kindness Week

HEMET — Children, parents, teachers, and administrators from Cawston Elementary School in Hemet spent National Kindness Week proving that “spreading kindness must be contagious” according to Hemet Unified School District spokeswoman Alexandrea Sponheim.

“The wonderful students at Cawston Elementary have done an amazing job of spreading kindness on their campus,” Sponheim told RCNS at the end of the week, which featured several special events and projects that highlighted the importance of showing kindness to all.


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Saying the mental health and well-being of her students is very important and very “near and dear” to her heart, Cawston’s principal and former counselor, Mrs. Romeril, later said her teachers, administrators, and students “value the culture and climate of the campus, who are all encouraged to feel connected to their school and discourage bullying.”

“What better way to feel connected to your peers and campus than to be kind to each other!” Sponheim said at the conclusion of National Kindness Week. HUSD photo

On the first day of National Kindness Week, the staff created a tunnel and welcomed students and their families onto campus. Staff members were seen receiving hugs and high fives, and the crowd was full of smiles, according to Sponheim.

As the week continued, students filled out papers highlighting their various acts of kindness and staff later collected the papers to make flowers.

“There were a breathtaking 5,667 acts of kindness in one week,” beamed Sponheim.

On Friday of kindness week, which was held on Cawston’s Friday Flag assembly, students, parents, and staff in attendance were asked to wear yellow, according to Sponheim; who said, “Let’s just say that the crowd was glowing, and the atmosphere was brimming with positive energy.”

Mrs. Romeril later said she hoped that “students and their families see Cawston as a safe place and will continue to spread kindness.”

“Overall, the activities honoring National Kindness Week were a huge success and the students at Cawston Elementary set the example of what it means to be kind,” said Sponheim.

Madison Di Palermo contributed to this article.

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