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February 12, 2014

Beards against bullies

Students rewarded for acts of kindness

PLAINFIELD — Throughout the month of January, teachers at Van Buren Elementary School kept track of their students’ acts of kindness, and this past Wednesday, six students were able to “shave away the bullying” on some of their teachers.

The school has been focusing on bullying awareness as a part of its Character Development Program. Students have been tracking “acts of kindness,” competing to be the class with the highest number.

The school was doing a program based on a book about bucket-filling for the acts of kindness or bucket-dipping for those not-so-kind activities.

“Since we came back from Christmas break, each classroom teacher has been tallying the total number of acts of kindness they witness and they subtract the total acts that are not kind,” Principal Ray Helmuth said. “At the end of the day, the balance is added to the ongoing tally. The whole school participated. We try to do a theme every six weeks or so, and are always focusing on something to do with kindness or generosity.”

The grades competed against each other — kindergarten vs. first, second grade vs. third, and fourth grade vs. fifth. There were three winning classes who had the most kindness points: Melissa Bennett’s first-grade class, Teri Walters’ fourth-grade class and Susan Nolan’s second-grade class.

The teachers of those classes then chose one boy and one girl to help shave the beards of two teachers and the principal.

Third-grade teacher Brady Edwards was shaved by Bennett’s class, Principal Ray Helmuth was shaved by Walters’ class, and art teacher Byron Appleget was shaved by Nolan’s class. Two local barbers were on hand to assist the students.

Leland Wade of Leland’s Barbershop in Plainfield and Cody Potter were the two barbers that came to “shave away the bullying.”

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