Hampton Middle School students spread kindness one door at a time

Monday, October 14, 2019 | 11:25 AM

The Hampton Township School District is known for its Tradition of Excellence, encouraging students to become creative and innovative problem-solvers and communicators. HTSD students and staff also want to be known for something else – kindness.

As part of its District-wide Dignity and Respect campaign, schools have engaged students in a variety of character-building activities. Each school is responsible for how it chooses to encourage an environment that fosters dignity and respect for all.

For the last year, Hampton Middle School has been working to spread kindness among its students and school community by adopting the #BetheKindKid theme, said Dr. Marlynn Lux, Principal. “This local movement was started in the Avonworth School District to spread kindness in the Pittsburgh region and beyond. The Middle School kicked off the 2019-2020 School Year by asking students in their advisory home rooms to decorate their doors with a kind theme.” Cafeteria staff from Metz Food Service were asked to serve as the judges and choose three winning #BetheKindKid doors. Home rooms 604, 803 and B209 were the winners.

The students in home room B209 used an art theme to spread their message of kindness since their home room is the school’s art room. “We started with something creative, including the paint pallet in the main design, and then we kept adding to it,” said 8th grader Melanie Malloy.

Home room 803 centered their kindness message around a dreamcatcher that featured all of their names. Eighth grader Samantha Nicely  came up  with the idea, and had a lot of help from her home room friends to bring it to fruition. “I was thinking of something that would catch all the bad and make it into something good,” she said, adding that’s how she settled on the idea of the dreamcatcher.

The three winning advisory home rooms were rewarded for their creativity in spreading kindness with a free breakfast party on Thursday, Oct. 10.  Students were thrilled to receive breakfast sandwiches and bagels, courtesy of Chick-fil-A in Wexford. When the Chick-fil-A location heard about the contest, it offered to donate the breakfast items to the school. “Your program lines up with our vision statement, which is inspiring people to take good care of each other,” said Mindy Cropper, Chick-fil-A Marketing Director for the Wexford and Cranberry locations of the chain. “We are happy to make the donation.”