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Kindness matters at Greenfield Elementary

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Fifth graders put together a gift basket and made a sign for a middle school student battling leukemia. Teacher Caden Wisecup, who delivered the gifts, is pictured with fifth graders Anne Vandyke, Bentley Jones, Ryker Stark and Crosby Countryman. (Submitted photos)
Angela Shepherd, Greenfield Exempted Village Schools

Just one small act of kindness can have lasting positive impacts, and positively impacting the school and the community is something that Greenfield Elementary’s fifth graders have set out to do.

This new thing is the Fifth Grade Tiger Kindness Club. Headed by teachers Janell Allison and Jayme Weller, the club includes all fifth graders, and the goal is to share and spread kindness by simple acts that bring smiles. 

According to Allison and Weller, the club got started this year because students and teachers were wanting to intentionally share kindness, not just in school, but throughout the community.

Since the start of the school year, fifth graders have been busy spreading joy and encouragement. They kicked off the school year by making treat bags for new teachers. They have made cards for former teachers, staff members, veterans, the marching band and all the sports teams, as well as inspirational signs for the sports teams. 

The fifth graders also auctioned off their artwork with all proceeds going to middle school student Madalynn Wilson, who is battling leukemia. The fifth graders also put together a gift basket and made a sign for her. The students have made a care package for a student’s father readying to deploy for the military. For the holidays, they made cards at Christmas and caroled all around town. 

The club exists, a group of fifth graders said at January’s school board meeting, because kindness is important and spreading that throughout the school and the community is important, too. 

At the end of their presentation to the board of education last month, those students handed a special gift to each board member. Those special gifts were plaques specifically made for each member, and on each plaque a mosaic of colorful tiles, each tile unique and crafted by fifth graders in their art classes.

All fifth graders contribute ideas for acts of kindness, work on inspirational notes, complete posters, and donate supplies. Many of the ideas come from needs heard about in the community, the teachers said. Students work on ideas, planning, and implementing during their homeroom time with extra class time provided for the larger projects. 

This kindness club, this dedicated time to spreading good will to others, Allison and Weller said, is helping students develop leadership skills and foster a positive school culture. 

You can follow along with what Greenfield Elementary is up to by checking out its Facebook page. Keep up with district news and events on the Greenfield Exempted Village School District social media pages and the website at


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Kind caroling
Greenfield Elementary music teacher Schylar Maag leads the fifth grade students in Christmas songs during the holidays. While students did this all over town, here they are pictured at Greenfield Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation on the corner of Washington and South streets.
Kind sign
The Fifth Grade Tiger Kindness Club, among its other joy-spreading endeavors, has made inspirational signs for sporting events.

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