Quick Links

E-mail Article

Elementary

Working...

Ajax Loading Image

 

Community Benefits from Elementary Random Acts of Kindness!

By Koonsman, Teresa

January 17, 2014

It seems every time I turn on the television, radio, or open the newspaper, the headlines usually are about unhappy or sad things that have occurred.  Two Newcastle ISD teachers with the support of their administration, fellow staff members, parents, & community members challenged students to make the headlines something positive.  Mrs. Genny Bruce (K-5 Writing Teacher) & Mrs. Teresa Koonsman (K-5 Science/Social Studies Teacher) challenged students in grades Kindergarten through fifth grade to a month of doing Random Acts of Kindness (RAK).  During the month of December, Newcastle students in grades K-5 gave back to members of the Newcastle community as well as Young County. 

It started off with two families donating ingredients to make Snack Mix.  Mrs. Bruce had students write a special note or draw a picture which was attached to the baggies of snack mix.  The bags of snack mix were donated to the Newcastle Volunteer Fire Department.  This was just in time because the fire station was a safe place for those who were stranded due to the ice storm that blew in that evening. 

Next, grades K-1 brought snack items, sorted, and bagged them for less fortunate families in the Newcastle community.  Grades 2-3 brought shower gel, non skid socks, lotion, & blankets which were put in a special bag decorated by these students.  Mrs. Bruce had each child choose a book off the shelf or a story they had written in their personal journal.  These things were loaded on the bus along with the second and third graders and headed east to Graham Oaks Nursing Home.  Upon arrival, students sang a few Christmas Carols, read the special story chosen, and presented residents with a gift.  Mrs. Bruce and Koonsman treated second and third grade students to a pizza lunch at Potter’s Pizza.  Randomly as we walked in there were four police officers eating.  Two second grade boys along with Koonsman approached these officers.  Ty Strawbridge broke the news to them that as a random act of kindness his two teachers were picking up their tab.  Isaac King then asked to pray with them.  The officers, students, and Koonsman joined hands and bowed their heads as King prayed.

This story does not end here.  In fact, Leo Payne, Head of Maintenance at Newcastle ISD drove fourth and fifth grade students to Potter’s Pizza, ate quickly, then loaded up second and third graders and headed back to school.  What about fourth and fifth graders?  Well they were able to sit and enjoy their meal and then went to the food bank/community closet.  These students brought canned good items which filled up a grocery cart.  Jackets brought by Newcastle students were donated to the community closet.  Students sorted the canned goods and placed them on the appropriate shelf while others hung up numerous clothes that had been donated.  One student made the comment he didn’t know hanging up clothes was so much fun! 

Never in a million years would I have dreamed a Random Act of Kindness would make a full circle in Young County.  One evening at Wal-Mart a student, Michael Gibson and Mrs. Koonsman were walking into the store when Koonsman nudged him and said there is you a RAK.  He wasn’t very thrilled at the idea of unloading a cart full of groceries for an older lady.  When he approached her and asked if he could help, tears started to fall down her cheeks and she responded with “You are an Angel from God!”  She proceeded to tell us how she was exhausted from shopping, checking out, and not knowing how she would get her groceries into her car.  As we finished loading the last few bags of groceries, she looks at Michael and asked to give him a hug.  He graciously accepted her hug, opened her car, as he was shutting it he said “Merry Christmas!”

The story continues.  As we were leaving the nursing home, a parent approached us and said “I have a story I must share with you all.”  Not knowing what to expect, because teachers hear all kinds of stories.  She proceeds to tell how she does a bible study via skype.  Due to the fact one person had moved away and wanting to continue the bible study group they decided to communicate through the computer.  As the story goes on, one of the bible study member is late getting on, but when she does she could not wait to share something amazing that had happened to her.  The older lady continues with how her children were coming in for the holidays and she had been grocery shopping which proved to be exhausting.  She tells how she thought to herself and prayed to God as she was leaving the store to please help her figure out how she was going to get all of these groceries into her car. 

So just remember, you never know what will transpire because of one kind thing you do randomly.  A child once said , “If everyone does one kind thing a day, we might just change the world!” 

It seems every time I turn on the television, radio, or open the newspaper, the headlines usually are about unhappy or sad things that have occurred.  Two Newcastle ISD teachers with the support of their administration, fellow staff members, parents, & community members challenged students to make the headlines something positive.  Mrs. Genny Bruce (K-5 Writing Teacher) & Mrs. Teresa Koonsman (K-5 Science/Social Studies Teacher) challenged students in grades Kindergarten through fifth grade to a month of doing Random Acts of Kindness (RAK).  During the month of December, Newcastle students in grades K-5 gave back to members of the Newcastle community as well as Young County. 

 

It started off with two families donating ingredients to make Snack Mix.  Mrs. Bruce had students write a special note or draw a picture which was attached to the baggies of snack mix.  The bags of snack mix were donated to the Newcastle Volunteer Fire Department.  This was just in time because the fire station was a safe place for those who were stranded due to the ice storm that blew in that evening. 

 

Next, grades K-1 brought snack items, sorted, and bagged them for less fortunate families in the Newcastle community.  Grades 2-3 brought shower gel, non skid socks, lotion, & blankets which were put in a special bag decorated by these students.  Mrs. Bruce had each child choose a book off the shelf or a story they had written in their personal journal.  These things were loaded on the bus along with the second and third graders and headed east to Graham Oaks Nursing Home.  Upon arrival, students sang a few Christmas Carols, read the special story chosen, and presented residents with a gift.  Mrs. Bruce and Koonsman treated second and third grade students to a pizza lunch at Potter’s Pizza.  Randomly as we walked in there were four police officers eating.  Two second grade boys along with Koonsman approached these officers.  Ty Strawbridge broke the news to them that as a random act of kindness his two teachers were picking up their tab.  Isaac King then asked to pray with them.  The officers, students, and Koonsman joined hands and bowed their heads as King prayed.

 

This story does not end here.  In fact, Leo Payne, Head of Maintenance at Newcastle ISD drove fourth and fifth grade students to Potter’s Pizza, ate quickly, then loaded up second and third graders and headed back to school.  What about fourth and fifth graders?  Well they were able to sit and enjoy their meal and then went to the food bank/community closet.  These students brought canned good items which filled up a grocery cart.  Jackets brought by Newcastle students were donated to the community closet.  Students sorted the canned goods and placed them on the appropriate shelf while others hung up numerous clothes that had been donated.  One student made the comment he didn’t know hanging up clothes was so much fun! 

 

Never in a million years would I have dreamed a Random Act of Kindness would make a full circle in Young County.  One evening at Wal-Mart a student, Michael Gibson and Mrs. Koonsman were walking into the store when Koonsman nudged him and said there is you a RAK.  He wasn’t very thrilled at the idea of unloading a cart full of groceries for an older lady.  When he approached her and asked if he could help, tears started to fall down her cheeks and she responded with “You are an Angel from God!”  She proceeded to tell us how she was exhausted from shopping, checking out, and not knowing how she would get her groceries into her car.  As we finished loading the last few bags of groceries, she looks at Michael and asked to give him a hug.  He graciously accepted her hug, opened her car, as he was shutting it he said “Merry Christmas!”

 

The story continues.  As we were leaving the nursing home, a parent approached us and said “I have a story I must share with you all.”  Not knowing what to expect, because teachers hear all kinds of stories.  She proceeds to tell how she does a bible study via skype.  Due to the fact one person had moved away and wanting to continue the bible study group they decided to communicate through the computer.  As the story goes on, one of the bible study member is late getting on, but when she does she could not wait to share something amazing that had happened to her.  The older lady continues with how her children were coming in for the holidays and she had been grocery shopping which proved to be exhausting.  She tells how she thought to herself and prayed to God as she was leaving the store to please help her figure out how she was going to get all of these groceries into her car. 

 

So just remember, you never know what will transpire because of one kind thing you do randomly.  A child once said , “If everyone does one kind thing a day, we might just change the world!” 

 

It seems every time I turn on the television, radio, or open the newspaper, the headlines usually are about unhappy or sad things that have occurred.  Two Newcastle ISD teachers with the support of their administration, fellow staff members, parents, & community members challenged students to make the headlines something positive.  Mrs. Genny Bruce (K-5 Writing Teacher) & Mrs. Teresa Koonsman (K-5 Science/Social Studies Teacher) challenged students in grades Kindergarten through fifth grade to a month of doing Random Acts of Kindness (RAK).  During the month of December, Newcastle students in grades K-5 gave back to members of the Newcastle community as well as Young County. 

 

It started off with two families donating ingredients to make Snack Mix.  Mrs. Bruce had students write a special note or draw a picture which was attached to the baggies of snack mix.  The bags of snack mix were donated to the Newcastle Volunteer Fire Department.  This was just in time because the fire station was a safe place for those who were stranded due to the ice storm that blew in that evening. 

 

Next, grades K-1 brought snack items, sorted, and bagged them for less fortunate families in the Newcastle community.  Grades 2-3 brought shower gel, non skid socks, lotion, & blankets which were put in a special bag decorated by these students.  Mrs. Bruce had each child choose a book off the shelf or a story they had written in their personal journal.  These things were loaded on the bus along with the second and third graders and headed east to Graham Oaks Nursing Home.  Upon arrival, students sang a few Christmas Carols, read the special story chosen, and presented residents with a gift.  Mrs. Bruce and Koonsman treated second and third grade students to a pizza lunch at Potter’s Pizza.  Randomly as we walked in there were four police officers eating.  Two second grade boys along with Koonsman approached these officers.  Ty Strawbridge broke the news to them that as a random act of kindness his two teachers were picking up their tab.  Isaac King then asked to pray with them.  The officers, students, and Koonsman joined hands and bowed their heads as King prayed.

 

This story does not end here.  In fact, Leo Payne, Head of Maintenance at Newcastle ISD drove fourth and fifth grade students to Potter’s Pizza, ate quickly, then loaded up second and third graders and headed back to school.  What about fourth and fifth graders?  Well they were able to sit and enjoy their meal and then went to the food bank/community closet.  These students brought canned good items which filled up a grocery cart.  Jackets brought by Newcastle students were donated to the community closet.  Students sorted the canned goods and placed them on the appropriate shelf while others hung up numerous clothes that had been donated.  One student made the comment he didn’t know hanging up clothes was so much fun! 

 

Never in a million years would I have dreamed a Random Act of Kindness would make a full circle in Young County.  One evening at Wal-Mart a student, Michael Gibson and Mrs. Koonsman were walking into the store when Koonsman nudged him and said there is you a RAK.  He wasn’t very thrilled at the idea of unloading a cart full of groceries for an older lady.  When he approached her and asked if he could help, tears started to fall down her cheeks and she responded with “You are an Angel from God!”  She proceeded to tell us how she was exhausted from shopping, checking out, and not knowing how she would get her groceries into her car.  As we finished loading the last few bags of groceries, she looks at Michael and asked to give him a hug.  He graciously accepted her hug, opened her car, as he was shutting it he said “Merry Christmas!”

 

The story continues.  As we were leaving the nursing home, a parent approached us and said “I have a story I must share with you all.”  Not knowing what to expect, because teachers hear all kinds of stories.  She proceeds to tell how she does a bible study via skype.  Due to the fact one person had moved away and wanting to continue the bible study group they decided to communicate through the computer.  As the story goes on, one of the bible study member is late getting on, but when she does she could not wait to share something amazing that had happened to her.  The older lady continues with how her children were coming in for the holidays and she had been grocery shopping which proved to be exhausting.  She tells how she thought to herself and prayed to God as she was leaving the store to please help her figure out how she was going to get all of these groceries into her car. 

 

So just remember, you never know what will transpire because of one kind thing you do randomly.  A child once said , “If everyone does one kind thing a day, we might just change the world!” 

 

 
 

Back To Top