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Valley View encourages students to 'Pay It Forward'

Published: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 3:24 p.m. CDT

BOLINGBROOK – For the second-straight year, schools in Valley View School District 365U will engage in random acts of kindness during the next few months as part of the district’s Pay It Forward 365 campaign.

“Our goal is to have students experience the positive feeling of giving and receiving kindness,” said Michele Bochnak, the districts’s Community Outreach Coordinator. “How students feel about themselves is very important in the classroom and in the school community.”

Among activities planned:

• From March 17 to 28 at Oak View Elementary School in Bolingbrook, students will write thank you notes to members of the Bolingbrook police and fire departments.

They will also conduct a food, shampoo, soap, shaving cream and toiletry drive for Power Connection and will “pass a smile forward” to nursing home patients and staff by creating special messages about their school and themselves.

• From March 19-21, students at B.J. Ward Elementary School in Bolingbrook will learn about Pay It Forward 365 through classroom presentations that will include lists of related activities and books for children.

Students will be encouraged to document and submit any behaviors or actions they see that cause them to smile.

• From April 21-25, Jonas Salk Elementary School in Bolingbrook will be given “Pay It Forward” bracelets when they do something kind for someone else, will bring in at least one canned or dry good for the DuPage Township Food Pantry, and students will write down names they have been called that made them feel bad. Those names will be shredded and disposed.

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