Peer educators at Chautauqua Lake Central School challenged each other, their classmates and their teachers to reach out to help others in "Random Acts of Kindness" this holiday season.
A huge snowman in the main entry to the secondary school documents their efforts, as each student or teacher attached an index card explaining an act of kindness. Expressions of kindness and caring included helping another student with homework, lending a gym shirt, making up with a former friend, picking up trash in the corridor and assisting a crying child.
Several individuals held doors or helped carry groceries, especially for their elders, or helped around the house with chores such as cleaning, fixing a truck or packing a little brother's lunch. Hugs and foot rubs for family members were more personal expressions of kindness.
Pictured with the snowman are, from left, Mariana Mathewson, Sadie Novak, Alexander Swan, Abigail Jantzi, Rachel Estes, Taylor Lane, Rachael Fortney, Laiken Biekart, Azumi Futatsugi, Raymond Fortney, Heather Sullivan (kneeling), Charity Sullivan, Lilyan Kates, Chelsea Messinger-Hardwick and Kourtney Shearer. All are peer educators. Their advisors are Ashley Muscarella and Emily Perkins.