GLENDALE—Chamlian celebrated World Kindness Day along with thousands of schools on Friday, November 13, 2015. This day was introduced by the World Kindness Movement, a coalition of Nations Kindness NGOs. In 2012, World Kindness Day was added on the National School Calendar for over 9,000 schools. Across the globe, schools are now celebrating World Kindness Day to highlight the good in our communities, focusing on the common thread of kindness which binds us all together. Kindness is a fundamental component of the human condition, which bridges the divides of race, religion, politics, gender and zip codes.
To kick off World Kindness Day at Chamlian, the Character Counts Crew led by School Counselor Seda Batmanian, welcomed the students in the morning with “Kids of Character: Character Matters” stickers and a warm welcome to remind them to be kind to one another.
When the first morning bell rang, the students walked into their homeroom classes to find a surprise on their desks. Handwritten messages such as, “You are Amazing,” You are Important,” You are Valuable,” and “You are Loved,” were placed on each one of their desks by the Character Counts Crew members. The crew also placed an appreciation note in each staff and faculty member’s mailbox. The crew also visited the 1st-3rd grade classrooms and passed out bookmarks to the students which had 11 ways to be kind written on them.
Through the celebration of World Kindness Day, the Counseling Department with the support of the Character Counts Crew works to empower Chamlian students to understand that any act of kindness students perform makes a positive difference not only for the person who receives the kind act, but will also impact the giver.
Chamlian Armenian School’s Counseling Department strives to work with the entire school community to create a caring and supportive environment, where students can become healthy, competent, confident individuals, who positively contribute to the Armenian, local, and global community at large.