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posted: Tue, May 17th, 2016
Madeline Delguercio is ready for the Kindness Tour

Spreading kindness

CMS second-graders recently took part in the annual Kindness Tour, helping make the world a happier place. The daylong community outreach was part of CMS’ Rainbow Connection program which teaches students the importance of helping others and participating in acts of kindness. 

The mission began with a kindness oath in the morning, then it was off to Warren Haven Nursing Home in Oxford. Students presented the residents with hand-made paper flowers and sang songs under the direction of music teachers Lisa King and Steve Spangler. 

The next stop was Trinity Church in Hackettstown. The second-graders delivered schoolwide donations of canned goods to the food pantry and saw a presentation about Midnight Run, a program that distributes food and clothing to the homeless in New York City. Each second-grader brought in a new pair of socks that will go to Midnight Run. 

In the afternoon, the students visited the Budd Lake post office. There students mailed letters of thanks and support that the second grade had written to servicemen on active duty. They also delivered a Kindness Tour poster that will be hung in the post office lobby.

“The Kindness Tour shows students how their skills, minds, and hearts can work together to sprinkle kindness in everything they do,” said Ann Scotland, second grade teacher and tour organizer. “It shows them that even the smallest act of kindness can make a difference.”

When the second-graders returned to CMS, they were visited by students from Montclair State University who shared information about their involvement with Love Your Melon – a buy one/give one program that provides hats to children battling cancer. A live feed of the presentation was broadcast through Google Hangouts. 

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