Frankfort School District 157-C students encouraged the spread of positivity and kindness throughout the community through the Frankfort Kindness Project.
During the week of Feb. 9 to 15, Frankfort residents and visitors received a handmade sticker with a positive message when they stopped at local businesses. Patrons do not need to purchase a product or service to receive a sticker.
Students at all three District 157-C schools created the stickers, which share kind and friendly messages for recipients.
The Hickory Creek Middle School PozSquad spearheaded the initiative. The club, which is sponsored by teachers Michelle Matz and Cristina Vallejo, is in its first year. Its mission is to spread kindness through small interactions that create a ripple effect throughout the school, district, Frankfort community and world.
At the Feb. 3 meeting of the Village of Frankfort Board of Trustees, the board proclaimed the week of Feb. 9 to 15 as Kindness Week in the village. Representatives from the PozSquad were in attendance to discuss the Frankfort Kindness Project and receive a framed copy of the proclamation.
Frankfort businesses that participated in the sticker distribution included Behnke Photographers Ltd.; Bentley’s Pet Stuff; Briosa Boutique; Fat Rosie’s Taco & Tequila Bar; Francesca’s Fortunato Restaurant; Frankfort Chamber of Commerce; FUSE salon and spa; Glory Bee Gift Shop & Antiques; Grounded Coffee Bar; Isabel’s Journey; KidsWork Children’s Museum; La Vie Vintage; Lil Surprises; Lorin’s Luxe; My Sister’s and Me Boutique Inc.; Raffy’s Candy Store; Redtail Market; Silver Strand Boutique; Simply Home Again; Smooth Ink Sports Inc.; Stacey’s Place; The Belly Factory; The Brow Lounge; The Family Hearth General Store; The Paper Spot Inc.; This & That Gifts; Trail’s Edge Brewing Company; village of Frankfort; Whimsy; and White Street Cafe LLC.
Also during the week, all were encouraged to tweet for kindness using hashtag #FrankfortKindness on Twitter.
In addition to the Kindness Project initiative, students in kindergarten through eight grade celebrated Kindness Week by engaging in social-emotional learning lessons and activities focused on kindness.
For example, at Grand Prairie Elementary School, students participated in an annual food drive for the Frankfort Township Food Pantry, created handmade Valentine’s Day cards for veterans and brainstormed random acts of kindness.
At Chelsea Intermediate School, students created kindness journals to reflect on how they can be kind each day; participated in a toothpaste challenge in which the power of words is demonstrated by a tube of toothpaste, which demonstrated that once words are out, they are difficult to take back; and created kindness mobiles to hang in their classrooms.
Also at Hickory Creek, student council members delivered Grand Prairie’s food drive collections to the Frankfort Township Food Pantry.