By Kate – Special Contributor
[Editor’s Note #1: Kate is actually the inspiration for the #EmpoweredYoungLadies series. Her mother, Abby, who conducted and compiled the below interview (Thank You Abby) posted on her Facebook page that Kate started a Kindness Club at her school to counteract the mean things she was seeing. We were instantly interested in hearing how this came to fruition, from there we wondered what other young ladies were doing and thinking about in their worlds. And the only way to stop wondering about something, is to seek out the knowledge. So from us to you Kate, thank you so much; your acts of kindness had an impact beyond your school and inspired us to ask other empowered young women to share their stories.]
Q: What gave you the idea to start the Kindness Club?
Kate: A friend of mine heard student A talking about doing something mean to student B. When my friend saw student A go to the playground, it seemed that student A had the means by which to harm student B. My friend told me about what she saw and heard, and we decided to protect the threatened student on the playground, and to alert a teacher to the issue. It was during this occurrence that I decided to start a Kindness Club.
I think we need more kind people in the world, and we need the kind people to come together. My club has no age limit—you just need to be kind.
Q: What is the purpose of the Kindness Club?
Kate: I want people to get help when they want and need help. I want this group to be a safe place for kids and adults when they need help.
Last year, in first grade, (before the Kindness Club was started) there was a student in my class that everyone made fun of. The student said that the student hated school. After solo attempts by my friend and me to befriend this student failed, my friend and I decided to befriend him together. When we tried to befriend the student by ourselves, other students made fun of us for being nice. Together, however, we were able to become this student’s friend, and make school better. In fact, on the last day of school, the student that I became friends with befriended me, and took up for me when I needed it.
That is a perfect example of how the Kindness Club can work.
Q: How do people get included in the Kindness Club?
Kate: We are working on this. We don’t want anyone to feel left out or “unkind” because they aren’t invited, but we also want our members to be nice and kind and helpful. Right now, the members of the Club can invite people they see being kind to others into the club. If your best friend isn’t kind, they can’t join. Mostly, though, I want others to see our kindness and ask about it.
I want the word to spread through our actions not our mouths.
Q: What do you want to do at your school to expand it?
Kate: Ask for more kids to join, and once others see the kind acts, the word will spread. I also want to develop a logo, and maybe make some cards that we can handout at school. On a large scale, it would be nice to have a website where kind people can post kind things to encourage others. That will be in the future! The school Principal is going to work with us to develop a way to make our club work without excluding people. I am excited to see it develop.
From Kate’s Mom:
I am so proud of Kate and her friend. My husband and I have always taught Kate that kindness and helping others is of the utmost importance. When I heard the full story of what her friend heard and what the girls did; honestly, I was a bit scared, but so proud of their bravery and doing the right thing. The school also handled the situation in a very thoughtful, effective manner. I love the fact that Kate understands the power of groups of people. I am proud of her for starting a club that creates a safe place for others to come and seek help. While this club is still in its very beginning, I am committed to helping her build her dream.
Kate is an eight-year-old second grader in Austin, Texas. She loves her little brother and her dogs. She loves to write poems and read. When she grows up, she wants to be a veterinarian and teacher.
[Editor’s Note #2]
As we near the close of Women’s History Month 2017, we have curated you
five (5) SEVERAL pieces from some pretty amazing guest bloggers. Who are they? They are all empowered young women who we asked one of the following questions:
What is important to you?
What is it like to be a girl in your world?
What is something you think Adults need to know about your world?
SIL Blog would like to extend a tremendous “THANK YOU” to these young ladies and their parents, for sharing their message and lending their voices and words conversation and celebration of Women’s History Month 2017.
We hope these young ladies drop some more knowledge on us in the future, you all have an open invitation to contribute.