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Wyncote Elementary Receives Kindness Grant for PBIS Program

kindnessWyncote Elementary has received a $5,000 Kindness grant from the Choose Kindness Foundation. The funds will be utilized to integrate kindness into the school’s Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program, according to Wyncote Principal Dr. Crystal Clark.

“We have an incredibly diverse school community, which sets us apart from many neighboring districts,” Clark said. “Our diversity presents in race, gender, religion, family structure and socio-economic status. Regardless, we expect and encourage our students to be kind, and I can’t think of a time of greater need to encourage a culture of kindness and acceptance for our students, their families and our community.”

Thanks to the grant, this year Wyncote will enact a host of initiatives, including establishing a “Kindness Committee” to develop kindness lesson plans, provide professional development and plan events; soliciting student “Kindness Kaptains” to be student ambassadors and work with the Kindness Committee; delivering daily kindness messages in morning gatherings; having teachers and counselors collaborate to deliver weekly uniform kindness lessons; and hosting a kindness kickoff event  uniform weekly kindness lessons.

An evidence-based, three-tiered framework for improving and integrating data, systems, and practices affecting student outcomes, PBIS supports everyone – especially students with disabilities – to create schools where all students are successful.

The Choose Kindness Foundation aims to increase well-being and happiness in individuals, organizations and communities by providing “kindness grants” in four focus areas: schools, workplace, social services, and public safety. The grant funds must be used to implement the kindness learning resources the foundation has developed in each of the four focus areas.