Moravia High School students turn the page on kindness with third-graders
March 28, 2019 -- In an event inspired by kindness and planned in partnership with the Moravia Rotary Club, a group of high school students made the short trek to Millard Fillmore Elementary School this morning to read a picture book aloud to third-graders.
The book, “Ordinary Mary's Extraordinary Deed,” written by Emily Pearson, recounts how a simple act of kindness can set off a chain reaction that ripples out exponentially. After the students read the book in pairs, they crafted paper “fortune tellers” filled with ways to be thoughtful to others.
Bethany Mendoza, a Rotary Club member and new Spanish teacher at Moravia High School, spearheaded the project. The Rotarians purchased a copy of the book and donated them for each third-grader to keep.
The cross-generational literacy event was designed “to promote literacy and to promote kindness,” she said. “We’re hoping that the students will take this opportunity to learn from the high-schoolers and continue to read and continue to see the importance in reading, and see the importance in doing good deeds.”
“This is really exciting for the kids,” third-grade teacher Kristin Johnson said. “They like having things that are out of the ordinary, they love to be read to. It’s just a wonderful opportunity and I hope we can continue it every year.”