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St. Francis School named kindest in US
Courtesy St. Francis SchoolAt St. Francis School’s end-of-year barbecue, second-graders McKenna Martson, Lucy Hardy, Avery Contreras, Maddie Murphy and Ava Choi collect money to fight cancer. The Sherwood school was named the kindest K-8 school in the country by the nonprofit Think Kindness.
Courtesy St. Francis School
At St. Francis School’s end-of-year barbecue, second-graders McKenna Martson, Lucy Hardy, Avery Contreras, Maddie Murphy and Ava Choi collect money to fight cancer. The Sherwood school was named the kindest K-8 school in the country by the nonprofit Think Kindness.

SHERWOOD — St. Francis School here discovered May 26 that although they were one of the smallest schools to participate in a nationwide competition sponsored by the nonprofit Think Kindness, they had received top honors for kindergarten through eighth-grade grade schools.

This year, Think Kindness — which promotes measurable acts of kindness in schools and communities around the world — challenged 68,290 students at 88 schools to make a difference in their communities by documenting 5,000 acts of kindness in 15 days. Students gave compliments, did chores, helped others — writing each gesture in journals. The 134 students of St. Francis won first place with 6,106 documented acts of kindness.

The challenge began Dec. 2 at St. Francis, with school assemblies featuring motivational speaker Brian Williams, founder and CEO of Think Kindness. He encouraged the students to discover the power of kindness and the difference they could make every day.

The students responded and learned first-hand the benefits of being kind.

“Everybody here is nicer and closer, and we’re better as a school,” said seventh-grader Victoria Pitt. “And I’ve seen a bunch of people going out and sharing that with other people.”

Fifth-grader Jada Utberg added that she feels good being kind and enjoys people’s reactions. “It makes you just want to keep going.”
Principal Kimberly Fadden continued to witness the ongoing kindness of students. The second-graders raised more than $100 for cancer during the end-of-year barbecue. On a recent trip to Ashland, eighth-grade students shared their extra food with the homeless instead of eating it themselves. And fourth-grade students researched ways to help children who are in the hospital.

“All these kind acts were generated by the students,” Fadden said. “I am so proud of them.”





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