Students at Princess Elizabeth elementary school are learning to spread the Christmas spirit this season.
Captain Kindness recently visited the school and taught students about the importance of being kind. He told them how wonderful it is to not only feel the Christmas spirit, but to share it with family and friends.
“Kindness is a superpower that we all have,” said Captain Kindness, also known as Dave Carrol from Freedom House Church. “If you can actually change one person’s day (with kindness), then maybe you can change the whole school.”
Kindergarten teacher Mandy Beckett was more than pleased with the lessons Captain Kindness taught her students.
“His positive spirit affects the way they treat each other,” she said. “It’s not just someone they see at Christmas. He’s always in the community and it means more to them because they know him.”
After hearing from Captain Kindness, students browsed five tables piled with donated toys, household items and crafts. They each chose a present to give to a family member, friend or neighbour.
Five-year-old Ebony King picked out a travel mug for her mother because “she really wants one with a handle,” King said.
King hopes to make her mother smile this Christmas with her gift.
“I think she might feel a little happy,” she said.
The gift exchange was organized by ONEchurch Brantford, a coalition of churches from across the city.
“We’re thrilled to be able to put a gift in each student’s hand that they can give to someone else to brighten their day,” said Brian Beattie, chairman of ONEchurch.
The message is getting through to many of the students, Beckett said. She has seen a great improvement in how students interact with each other, even on the playground.
The gift exchange is just one way for students to learn the true meaning of the holidays.
The real joy of Christmas, Ebony said, is “being together.”
Krysten McCumber is a North Park Collegiate student completing a work placement at Brant News.