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Bain and Stadium spread kindness
KEEPING THE CHAIN GOING: School Resource Officer Kevin Denneny helps Bain students Patricia Lasala and Crystal Gonzalez put each classroom’s links together to form a school-wide chain of kindness and good deeds.

The Project Respect students from Hugh B. Bain Middle School recently visited the students at Stadium Elementary School on Valentine's Day as part of a combined effort to continue teaching kindness. Spreading kindness was a large part of the Rachel's Challenge message, seen by all middle school students in Cranston in November 2012.

Stadium administrative intern and fifth grade teacher Michele Theroux coordinated with Bain's Project Respect advisor and social worker Sheri Brown to have the middle school students come to Stadium for peer education lessons about kindness. The lessons were student-run, with small groups of middle school students visiting the elementary classrooms and leading the lessons, discussions and activities. In each classroom, the students were asked to fill out a blue link for a paper chain, writing an act of kindness on it that they were hoping to perform in the near future. All of the links were pieced together with the help of School Resource Officer Kevin Denneny, to create one school-wide paper chain.

The Bain Stepperz also performed for the Stadium students, doing two different shows, a dance presentation and a cup activity at the end of the day as a culminating activity.

Theroux said the day's events were part of a larger weeklong celebration of kindness at Stadium from Feb. 11 to 15. The week included art projects, guest speakers and presentations from community groups, as well as the Bain student-run lessons.

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