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Students at Lake Murray Elementary know that showing kindness makes the school day happier for everyone.

During Red Ribbon Week in October, students celebrated kindness as a healthy lifestyle choice. Teachers and students read books and completed writing activities about kindness.

The entire school put kindness into action by collecting personal care items for Lexington Interfaith Community Services. LMES set a school goal to participate in 1,500 acts of love serving the school, community and beyond by May 2018. When students reach their personal service goal, it helps achieve their classroom goal and, in turn, the school goal.

Fifth-grade students also participated in Mix-It-Up lunches during Red Ribbon Week. Students sat at tables with students they didn’t know well, and an adult facilitator sat with each group to guide a conversation about respect, with the theme “Be a HERO.” At LMES, HERO stands for “Helping Everyone Respect Others.”

Students were challenged to give a genuine compliment to each of their tablemates that spoke to that person’s character. They also discussed the transition to middle school, and how respecting others and seeing the good in others, even those different from us, can set them up for success next year.

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