A local class recently spread Christmas cheer in the east end of town with their random act of kindness walk.
Rae Ann Wood's Grade 2/3 class at St. Michael's School hand made 100 cards and assembled 226 packages containing chocolates and specially-wrapped candy canes during their last week of school before Christmas break.
Then on Thursday, the class split up and walked with teachers to deliver the cards and packages to neighbouring homes.
“It's just something to celebrate Advent in a meaningful way,” Wood said.
She has done the random act of kindness walk for the last four years and it has become a tradition in her classroom.
The response from the recipients of the handmade cards and gift bags has been fantastic, and Wood has noted a ripple effect from their kindness initiative.
“We've had people send thank you cards and bring us treats," she remarked. "We've even had people say that they would pass the random act of kindness onto others.”
The main lesson Wood hopes the students learn through the act of kindness walk is that it is better to give than receive.
“I think it's important for the children to experience the gift of giving to others and take the time to give something from themselves to others during the [holiday] season,” she reasoned.
The random acts of kindness walk is something Wood enjoys organizing with her students each year and said it's been another great success.
“It's a fun tradition, the kids enjoy it, and I hope to do it again next year,” she smiled.