Athens, Ala. – On a day where a some have encouraged students to walk out of school, students at Athens High School have chosen to remain in class. Karen Clem, Student Council Association sponsor stated, “The Student Council officers wanted to do something for our school to promote safety by focusing on acts of kindness. They want to focus on preventing tragic events from occurring by reaching out to students here at Athens High School and emphasizing that a little kindness can go a long way in helping those in need from our own community.”
Along this line, one of the posts I shared earlier today encouraged students to “walk up” not out. It read, “Walk up to the kid who sits alone at lunch and invite him or her to sit with them. Walk up to the kid who sits quietly in the corner, smile, and make conversation. Walk up to the kid who may be disruptive in class and ask him how he’s doing. Walk up to administrators, teachers, and school staff and let them know you appreciate the work they do. Walk up to someone who has different views than you and get to know him or her. Walk up to 14 students and 3 teachers and say something kind. Honor the lives of those lost by walking up, not out. You can and will make a positive difference in someone’s life by doing any or all of the above.”
Beginning at 10:00 a.m. Athens High School students, wearing the school colors maroon and silver for Majory Stoneman High School, will observe a moment of silence. The names of the victims will be read along with quotes and poems encouraging kindness. In addition, students can place notes on the “kindness wall,” noting ways in which kindness can be shared within the school and community.
Athens City Schools, through their Facebook page said, “We are proud of our students for finding their own voice. Our AHS students are very thoughtful and reflective in their actions. Although students have chosen to remain in their classrooms on Wednesday, they want safe schools just as much as any other student across the country. We admire the fact they identified their own unique way to demonstrate their compassion for the victims while also expressing their desire for safer schools for all students. Kindness matters.”
My hat’s off to these students. Keep up the good work! Kindness is an everyday commitment. We must show it today and everyday to make a real impact. Keep this attitude throughout life and you will make a difference!