Kindness Matters Campaign Wins First Place in the SkillsUSA Chapter Community Service Competition

Three Tri-County RVTHS SkillsUSA students won first place in the SkillsUSA chapter community service competition for high school students.  Merna Amaya and Rosa Martines, both of North Attleboro, and Hanna Goudreau of Medway all who are grade 11 Medical careers students created a Kindness Matters campaign for the high school.  The students will now go on to the SkillsUSA State competition.  Kindness Matters is not just another “anti-bullying” campaign. Instead, it’s a pro-kindness message that shows students the power of their words and the power of kindness.

Kindness Matters is a campaign designed to reinforce thoughtful and caring acts among students and their peers.  The Tri-County team created a campaign leading an effort to inform their peers about the signs and symptoms of suicide through Kindness Matters.  Mema, Rosa and Hannah created several initiatives to promote the campaign.  They created Kisses for Kindness in which students were able to send other students inspirational messages in Hershey’s kisses; a Kindness Poster Contest promoting kindness and positivity; an SOS class that was held for Sophomores to teach them about signs of suicide and depression; Room for More which helps students who have no one to sit with at lunch be paired with other students; a Coping Skills Table at the school that displayed positive coping skills; posters were hung up in bathrooms with suicide hotline telephone numbers; and they also sent out surveys to parents on measuring depression with their children.

Kindness Matters is a campaign designed to change the way people interact with each other. It is the legacy of 13 year old Peyton A. James, who took his life after years of bullying.  In this world of technology and constant communication, it’s often difficult to escape the ridicule that seems to be everywhere. The purpose of Kindness Matters is to change the dialogue that takes place between people every day.  Kindness Matters is not just about bullying because not everyone is a “bully.” However, everyone can be a little bit kinder to others. By doing that, we can change the world.

“Random acts of kindness, big and small, can make a difference in someone’s life,” said Superintendent Stephen Dockray.  “I am proud of the Tri-County students and this initiative for our school.  It is our hope to inspire students to be more thoughtful and caring, knowing that one act of kindness can lead to making a difference in someone’s life.”

Tri-County RVTHS, located at 147 Pond Street in Franklin, is a recipient of the High Schools That Work Gold Achievement Award and serves the communities of Franklin, Medfield, Medway, Millis, Norfolk, North Attleborough, Plainville, Seekonk, Sherborn, Walpole, and Wrentham.