That’s the motto here at NMS.
Each morning, announcements are read and students are reminded that they should work hard and be kind to one another. I honestly really like this motto. I usually do like Dory and “just keep swimming.” But this new motto has grown on me — especially after today.
In second period, I was delighted by the act of kindness I witnessed. A student was busy trying to write down the definitions and examples that we were going over for vocab. Neither my CF nor I had noticed that she was writing with a highlighter. They aren’t the easiest things to see words with. The student in front of this girl raised her hand and I went to her. She said, “She needs a pencil.” I looked back and there she was, scrabbling to write the words in highlighter. I quickly said, “Thank you so much for pointing that out. I’ll go grab one.” Without drawing attention to the girl with the highlighter, I gave her a pencil and told her that she could use it. She gratefully took it. As I walked back down the rows, I smiled at that kind and considerate girl and she returned the favor.
In that moment, I felt hope for a great year and made note of that kindness. It is amazing how big a difference it can make if you are simple nice to others. I won’t forget that.