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Beverly Elementary students find special way to be kind

The Inter-Mountain photo by Brooke Binns Members of Beverly Elementary School's Student Council showcase a wall of hearts made by every student in the school as a way to celebrate National School Counseling Week and Random Acts of Kindness Day. Pictured from left are, front row, Alyssa Howell, Elin Morris, Dyer Barger and Raelyn Robinson; back row, Daniel Hardy, Reese Markley, Jillian Butcher and Faith White.

BEVERLY — During National School Counseling Week, students at Beverly Elementary School found a special way to be kind to one another while reflecting on lessons they have learned from their counselor.

Kara Parrack, school counselor at Beverly Elementary, said one question she asks all Beverly Wildcats — including students, parents and staff members — on a regular basis is “How can I love you better today?”

“We live in a world where people are sometimes afraid to talk about love or have a negative reaction to love,” Parrack said “I want to spend my days not only sharing help but offering love to students and the entire Beverly School community through the encompassing of feelings of support and unconditional positive regard.”

Each student at Beverly Elementary chose one thoughtful way they could be kind to someone in their class.

“Students were asked to write down one way they could be kind another student,” Parrack said. “Students’ genuine ideas were written down on a paper heart — some with special artwork — and displayed in a hallway in our school.”

Paul Zickefoose, principal at Beverly Elementary, said his staff strives to offer encouragement and positivity to students everyday.

“At Beverly Elementary, our staff feels that it is our duty to our students to provide encouragement and positivity,” Zickefoose said. “We want our students to be successful in all of their endeavors — academically, socially or career oriented.”

The wall of hearts will remain on display until Feb. 17, “Random Acts of Kindness Day,” as festive and heartfelt decorations.

“Every year we try to do a variety of activities centered around being kind to others during Random Acts of Kindness Week and National School Counseling Week,” Zickefoose emphasized.

This year’s theme for National School Counseling Week was “School counselors: helping build better humans.” This annual, week-long recognition of school counselors serves as a time to bring light to the impact school counselors have on students and the lessons counselors instill that help students achieve success in school, according to the American School Counselor Association website.