Kindergarten students at All Saints School in Lakeville were inspired to perform acts of peace and love after studying the topic of peace in religion class.
The students recorded their acts on paper strips, using red for love and white for peace, said Susie Smith, kindergarten teacher. The strips were then linked to make a paper chain as a visual reminder to treat others with love, respect and kindness.
After just two weeks, they had 210 links on the chain and decided to ask the rest of the school to join in on the project, Smith said. The paper chain now hangs from the ceiling, reaching from the top floor to the bottom floor and includes 4,367 acts of peace and love.
“The visual image of this chain is a wonderful symbol and reminder of how we should all treat others with kindness and be helpful to one another every day,” said Karen Meskill, All Saints principal. “The kindergartners were a great inspiration to us all to remember to reach out to others and do an act of kindness each day. We are blessed to be part of such a caring and loving community.”
Other parents have said that their children are helping around the house, sharing more, not fighting, caring for pets and telling people how much they care about them, Smith said.