Random Acts of Kindness Spark Joy

Three girls pose with the lunch bags they decorated.

Learning to be kind starts young and is reinforced as students grow. At Locust Valley Middle School, health classes recently used teamwork and creativity to help students share ideas on ways they can be kind.

After viewing a video about a boy named Liam in Massachusetts who started a non-profit organization called Liam’s Lunches of Love. Liam delivers food to the homeless in paper bags handcrafted with motivational sayings, and Locust Valley Middle School health classes decided to step in to help him, just as Liam helped others. 

Sixth-graders talked about various acts of kindness, wrote examples of acts of kindness on the white board and then decorated paper bags to send to Liam’s Lunches of Love. Students researched inspirational quotes and, using colorful markers and crayons, wrote those quotes on the bags. Their own decorations surrounded sayings such as “It never gets easier, you just get better” and “Difficult roads lead to beautiful destinations.”

Middle school health teacher Laura Vera said that after learning about Liam’s Lunches of Love, she and her fellow health teachers Heather DeGregorio and Roberto Gutierrez agreed that assisting him in his efforts could act as a reminder that we all have the capacity to spread kindness.  

“By decorating the bags with motivational sayings and artwork, and writing gratitude notes to a special person in their lives, students were able to practice a random act of kindness before they even left the classroom," said Ms. Vera.