Rockland: Fourth-Grade Students Organizing Kindness Day Today

Rockland students came up with 50 random acts of kindness.

Rockland students came up with 50 random acts of kindness.


In Rockland, fourth-grade students at the Memorial Park Elementary School are hoping to spread positivity with acts of kindness on Valentine’s Day.

Whether it’s holding the door or an elevator for someone, shopping locally, or even trying to not say a negative thing all day long, students are hoping to make a difference.

Members of the Student Leader Council presented the idea to the Board of Selectmen.

“This is what’s great – it’s a fourth-grade initiative, we don’t really like to say no to the kids when they come forward with something like this,” said Chairman Mike O’Loughlin. “This is easy, this is something where the kids are setting the example for the adults. It should really go the other way around. It’s something that we all take for granted. We’re all running around, we’re all in such a big hurry.”

In addition, the students recorded a song for Kindness day that will air on local cable access channels.

On Twitter, people can highlight acts of kindness using the hashtag “#KindnessRockland2020.”

“They’re also encouraging local businesses to participate in this,” said O’Loughlin. “They’ll come in and give kindness cards to a local business, and the local business will present it to people when they see a kind act being done.”

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