Kindness Week

Beverly Elementary students participate in celebration

The Inter-Mountain photos by Brooke Binns Kyle Reed, third-grade student council representative, hands ‘thank you’ notes to those in attendance at Beverly Elementary School’s special Kindness Week celebration.

BEVERLY — Students from Beverly Elementary School are encouraging people in the community to take part in Kindness Week.

During a special ceremony at the school on Monday, Beverly Elementary’s student council took part in a proclamation signing with Beverly Mayor Cindy Karelis.

“We, as a community, will strive to provide a climate of kindness, showing support and acts of kindness to all in our community and in our world,” Karelis read from the proclamation. “Business, government, parents, law enforcement, media, medical institutions, religious institutions, schools, senior citizens, service organizations and youth will demonstrate their commitment to being kind this week and all year.”

The school and the town of Beverly will be celebrating Kindness Week this week and Random Acts of Kindness Day on Saturday, in accordance with the mayor’s proclamation and the nationally recognized Random Acts of Kindness Foundation.

Student council members read excerpts about what kindness means to them, some including not leaving people out, playing with everyone and being nice to everyone.

Mayor Cindy Karelis, along Beverly Elementary School student council representatives, signs a proclamation to designate the week of Feb. 12-17 Kindness Week throughout the town of Beverly. Pictured from left are Makayla Thompson, Jaylea Herron, Aubrie Evans, Hannah Phillips, Braden Cooper, Karelis, Kyle Reed, Cooper Ruud and Lilly Norman.

Also during the ceremony, Linda Peterson read “Each Kindness,” a book by Jacqueline Woodson, about being kind to new students in school.

Peterson and Karelis both encouraged student to find ways to be kind to others on a day-to-day basis.

“What we want to do is be kind to everyone every day, not just this week,” Peterson said.

A number of local clubs and organizations from the Beverly area were represented during the ceremony.

The participating clubs included the following: Beverly Woman’s Club, Beverly Food Pantry, Beverly School Alumni Association, Randolph Rebekah Lodge No. 200, Beverly Volunteer Fire Department, Tygart Valley IOOF No. 66 and the Tygart Valley Lions Club.

Students will be visiting businesses around the Beverly community throughout the week to show random acts of kindness to people in the town.