Whittier third graders ‘choose kind’ through outreach projects

Whittier third graders ‘choose kind’ through outreach projects

“Choose kind.” That’s the Whittier School theme of the year. Whittier has fully embraced the “choose kind” attitude by encouraging students to not only show compassion and kindness toward their school peers, but also to the greater community.

The “choose kind” theme has definitely spread throughout Louise Modine’s third grade classroom. Mrs. Modine’s young son is being treated for kidney disease at Comer Children’s Hospital in Chicago. Throughout his treatment, Mrs. Modine has spent a lot of time at the hospital, where she has personally witnessed the joy that sick children experience when they receive get well cards from other kids.

So, she wanted to help pay it forward. In the spirit of “choose kind,” Mrs. Modine’s students made their own get well cards for children at Comer Hospital.

“I am excited to have my third graders be a part of this community outreach project!” said Mrs. Modine. “Not only does this tie into our school theme of ‘choosing kind,’ but I hope that this is an experience that they will remember for the rest of their lives.”

In addition, Mrs. Modine’s students also completed a special service project last month. With help from parent volunteers, the students made blankets to comfort animals at the West Suburban Humane Society.

“This is a community outreach project – an opportunity I wanted to provide my third graders with to become involved in something bigger than we are,” Mrs. Modine said.

Way to go, Mrs. Modine’s third graders!