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Kindness Matters

Prince William County Schools (PWCS) is partnering with the Virginia Department of Education in promoting Virginia Kindness Week, February 13-20, 2022. The Science of Kindness has shown that by participating in acts of kindness, one can feel an increased sense of well-being, belonging, and an overall decrease in stress. Teaching children to act in kind ways has proven to improve self-esteem, increase peer acceptance, and concentration. Many of our schools will be encouraging the act of kindness this week through unique activities such as creating a kindness rock garden, letter writing to other schools and community members, donation drives, and challenging students to complete random acts of kindness. We ask students and families to join our schools in practicing and celebrating kindness not only this week, but all year round.

The Science of Kindness-Random Acts of



What does social emotional learning (SEL) have to do with kindness?


Kindness Framework paradigm showing kindness skills can be taught through a five step framework--share, inspire, empower, act, and reflect
Reading. Writing. Arithmetic. They're the keys to the success of our kids, right? But what about the skills that will help when things get tough?

What about the ability to communicate your feelings and needs? To really listen to others? To keep your emotions in check, and understand other points of view that you may not agree with? To empathize with people who are different?...

...According to a CASEL (the Collaborative for Academic and Social and Emotional Learning) study, 93% of teachers believe it's important to teach SEL-and 95% of them believe it can be taught. Their confidence was well founded-because they found that teachers who included SEL programs in their instruction saw an 11-17% increase in the academic scores of their students.

Read more about how Kindness in the Classroom lessons teach kindness skills through a step-by step framework of Share, Inspire, Empower, Act, and Reflect.

~ Random Act of Kindness Foundation ~