At McClelland School, hoping kindness breaks out one bracelet at a time

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McClelland School joined the nationwide kindness initiative, Actively Caring for People. (Courtesy photos/Rochester Schools)

ROCHESTER - One of the town's elementary school will soon be a proving ground for a "kindness" initiative seeking to instill in students an unwavering commitment to be good to one another.

Superintendent Kyle Repucci announced the program, which the McClelland Elementary School formally adopted this week.

Spearheaded by the efforts of second grade teacher Loren Peet, McClelland adopted the Actively Caring for People initiative, which emphasizes the responsibility everyone has to look after and care for those around them by performing acts of kindness and recognizing when someone performs an act of kindness for them.

The bracelets are also individually numbered so that the acts of kindness tied to each one can be tracked.

McClelland staff and students formally launched the effort at an in-school event on Tuesday that featured decorated halls and the hanging of new banners promoting kindness. Students also learned about the four core area of kindness: helping, sharing, encouraging and inclusion/friendship. Those principles will be reinforced daily in classrooms schoolwide.

Each classroom now has two bracelets bearing the initiative's name, which will be distributed daily to acknowledge acts of kindness that students will share at the start of each day, school officials said. The bracelets are also individually numbered so that the acts of kindness tied to each one can be tracked.

"I'm so proud of the work that went into bringing this initiative to Rochester," Repucci said. "Through this program, our teachers, staff and students will be able to actively support one another, learn from each other and make their school and the community a better, kinder place."

In addition to classroom bracelets, teachers will have the opportunity to pass bracelets of their own to share with peers who perform acts of kindness.

At the end of the school year, each McClelland student will receive a bracelet to keep as their own and wear to raise awareness of the importance of kindness in all aspects of their lives.

AC4P was initially launched in response to the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting.

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