Faircrest Memorial Middle School holds 'Random Acts of Kindness' week Initiative to promote positives after Newtown tragedy

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After the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary on Dec. 14, teachers at Faircrest Memorial Middle School decided that something had to be done to promote the positives in their schools.

In honor of those lost in Newtown, Conn., the teachers came up with what they are calling "Random Acts of Kindness" week, in order to help show the students about the good in the world.

For this to happen, each homeroom teacher will be given red and green strips of paper to hand out to their students. Anytime a teacher or a student sees a random act of kindness, they are instructed to write "RAK" on the slip, then the slip gets placed in a basket outside the teacher's door.

All of the strips of paper will be then assembled into a large chain that will be hung outside of the main hall as a visual reminder of the good that is out there, in order to help both students and faculty focus on the positives.

Some of the fifth- and sixth-grade students will also make scarves for the students who were affected at Sandy Hook Elementary. The scarves will be sent "with notes of warmth" attached.

Other ideas being considered are having a pen pal program between the Faircrest students and the Newtown middle school students and a scholarship program for a student in Newtown.

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