Seattle Seahawks Help Opstad Elementary Launch Kindness Initiative
On November 5, former Seahawk player Randall Morris and mascot Blitz were special guests at Opstad Elementary, helping the school launch its Kindness Initiative: #BeKindSV. Morris played for Seahawks 1984-88 and has lived in Seattle 35 years. He shared a message about kindness and helping others, and answered students’ questions. (See photos below.)
In partnership with the Snoqualmie Valley Community Network, Snoqualmie Valley elementary schools are participating this year in the #BeKindSV Program.The program lasts a minimum of 6 weeks. It begins with an inspiring assembly, followed by a weekly “challenge” to take part in a variety of tasks that demonstrate and celebrate the power of kindness, at school and home.
Opstad Elementary piloted the program last year, and looks forward to extending its mission of kindness for a second year. The other SVSD elementary schools joining the #BeKindSV campaign this year are inviting Clark Roberts (http://www.clarkroberts.org/what-we-do-1) to speak at their kick-off assemblies, along with his guide dog. Roberts, who lost his sight at age 24, visits classrooms to answer students’ questions and convey a lesson in kindness and empathy to students at all grade levels.
EMPATHY is one of the important characteristics which our community identified as a priority when helping define Snoqualmie Valley’s Portrait of a Graduate. Empathy is a key competency we believe all students need to be successful in school, career and life. #BeKindSV activities help cultivate a positive culture of kindness and empathy throughout our school community.