By Paul Schmitt
A special education aide at Algoma School District is working with students and the community to show that “Kindness Matters”. Amy Schoenberger, who started the Kindness Matters program at the beginning of the school year, says the idea stemmed from middle school students being compassionate to other students. Taking the initiative Schoenberger ordered special stickers, pencils, and magnets that students would receive for doing random acts of kindness. She explains the success of a recent “spread Kindness like peanut butter and jelly” drive and subsequent voucher program through Craig’s Piggly Wiggly that has customers indirectly donating loaves of bread.
The bread voucher program has already brought in nearly 100 loaves of bread for students. Schoenberger says the passing of a former student, Britney Ebert, originally led her to pursue the passion of getting students to feel special in giving back. She says the movement has really grown throughout the school year thanks to a couple food drives done earlier this year.