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Superintendent Standpoint: Join Us in Being #ShorelineKind
Earlier this school year, the district leadership team and I read “Kindness Boomerang” by Orly Wahba. She writes, “When kindness is shared it grows. Every bit of kindness we put out into the world comes back in some way.”
It’s a beautiful sentiment, and one that I believe continues to stand the test of time. Kindness is the glue that binds us together. We see it every day in big, small, and sometimes unnoticeable ways.
Think about the last time you witnessed or were the beneficiary of a selfless act. How did it make you feel? How did it affect your attitude or actions later on? I would venture to guess that it made a positive and reverberating impact, whether you were conscious of it or not.
The emotional impact of kindness is based in science. When we engage in kind acts or experience kindness from others, our brains release serotonin and oxytocin. These neurochemicals help us create a sense of belonging, self-worth, and trust in others.
In her book, Wahba challenges the reader to practice acts of kindness every day. Her premise is that if everyone puts a little extra effort and intentionality into being kind, we all will experience and feel an exponential growth of kindness throughout our communities and world.
I want to take this opportunity to ask you to join us in intentionally engaging in acts of kindness in our schools and community. There is a calendar for the month of March with an idea for a simple act of kindness on each day below. You can certainly think of your own and write them in, but we hope you’ll join us in practicing intentional acts of kindness.
Just witnessing kind acts makes others feel happier and more likely to engage in kind acts, so we hope you’ll share some of your acts with us on social media using #ShorelineKind. Invite your friends, family and neighbors to join us as well!