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Little moments make big impact

A Kindness Wins campaign at Queen Elizabeth School has scored some welcome change for a local non-profit, but which one is yet to be determined.

Some grade fives will be putting their effort to secure the grant for the Border Paws Animal Shelter, formerly the Lloydminster SPCA. However they must complete at least 15 of the kindness tasks from the list of 20 to be entered in a school draw to decide which class will win for its non-profit.

Mid-way through February the kindness ethos has earned a $200 grant for students at Queen E. for their Little moments make a big impact drive.

Border Paws representatives were at city council this week asking for $300,000 to assist with relocating to their new building.

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The grants from Kindness Wins are administered by Beyond Borders Circle of Change from the funds raised by the sale of Kindness Wins merchandise at the Lloydminster Co-operative.

Grade five student leader Ashlyn Janki says it’s important to help out those who are feeling down and they would be very happy to make a contribution to the animal shelter.

“They could probably use some help with the bills; the water bills, the food bills, brushes for the dogs and cats and such.”

With Pink Shirt Day being observed nationally on Feb. 22, local schools that will be on February-break next week were in pink on Wednesday.

Grade five kids among others at Queen E. have been leading activities like speak with another student that you never met before, thank-you notes for school staff, creating art that shows why learning and respecting other cultures is important, discuss whether kindness can impact the world and Kindness Ninjas have been doing surprise acts of goodwill for other classes.

Another grade five leader, Jaylyn Elford says she has enjoyed the various kindness activities.

“You do one thing everyday – like write a thank-you note to your secretary or librarian, put a post-it note on the school bulletin board when someone is being kind. Take time cleaning up your classroom and leave an appreciation note for your school custodian.”

Another kind gesture was placing quotes on their lockers like Never look down on anybody, unless you’re helping them up – from American activist Jesse Jackson. This was a favourite with the students, say school coordinators.

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SHINE program member Falon Willis who shares her time among three schools says the quotes have had a big impact at Queen E.

“The grade fives have been sharing kindness quotes from people throughout history, from all over the world – and they share a photo, they read the quote, they say why they think this quote is important, how it relates to kindness and they have been putting the quotes up all over the school.

The SHINE program is a partnership involving the AHS and both local school divisions. The acronym stands for strong, healthy individuals navigating emotions.

When local schools return from their week off they will have a handful of days to wrap up Kindness Wins activities. The grade fives have completed 10 of the 20 kindness gestures.

Residents can support the effort by purchasing t-shirts designed by local artist Brandi Hofer at Lloyd Co-op locations.

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