Random acts of kindness have been popping up throughout Emerson J. Dillon Middle School, as students in Sandy Silky’s class have spearheaded the effort.
Silky’s students have arbitrarily selected homerooms to drop off special gifts for the past several months.
In October, they surprised Matt Westerlund’s homeroom with Halloween treats and Carol Touron’s students with Halloween cards and candy.
They continued their giving spirit in December, when they gave handmade Christmas ornaments and candy canes to their peers in Ted Forde’s class.
Additionally, with help from Silky, Laurie Doss and Andrea Fisher, the students helped other committees in the building.
They made fliers and posters for Santa Hat Day and created signs for another Hat Day to benefit the French Club.
Students were also busy creating donation boxes to collect food items – one benefiting community members and another benefiting the Oswego County Animal Welfare League.
“The kids have learned the power of giving, and have enjoyed spreading kindness throughout EJD,” said Doss, a teacher assistant at EJD. “(In the words of Bob Kerrey): ‘Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly and most underrated agent of human change.’”