JOHOR: A beautifully simple “Kindness Hut” project by the students of SK Seri Idaman has helped the small school of 102 students win its first national-level competition - while spreading kindness throughout the community.
The school’s Standard Six students have been decorating a hut with letters on kindness written by their juniors, who then receive “Kindness Badges” with positive messages from the seniors.
“We Standard Six students led the whole campaign. We collected the letters, distributed the badges and put it on display at the Kindness Hut,” said student Nur Khairunnisa, 12.
Luqman Podolski spreads the message of kindness for #StandTogether!
Teacher Azlan Mohd Yusuf said the project is already making a difference, both in school and the community.
“Since the kindness campaign started, people are more jovial and smile a lot more, and it goes beyond the school. Students go home and get their parents involved in writing letters. It’s rippling outwards,” he said.
Response has been so good, Azlan said students are gathering at the hut every recess now.
“We are definitely going to try and keep this going throughout the year and continue into next year,” said Azlan.
The Kindness Hut was the students’ submission for the #StandTogether National Kindness Week competition by R.AGE and SP Setia, where grants of up to RM1,000 were awarded to the 40 schools with the best “Kindness Project” ideas.
Despite having just 102 students, the school managed to make it into the Top 10 of the competition, earning them a celebrity school visit from popular social media creators Luqman Podolski and Adib Alexx.
“We are a very small, remote school - while our students often go for competitions, they’re all set in the local district. I thought we can push them to do more. That’s when we found out about #StandTogether.
“We just wanted to play our part to spread kindness; the last thing I expected was a win,” said Azlan.
The school’s efforts left a huge impression on Luqman and Adib, who joined the likes of Lisa Surihani, Jinnyboy, Arwind Kumar, Harith Iskander, and other #StandTogether Kindness Ambassadors in visiting participating schools to support their efforts.
“The Kindness Hut is a very meaningful step towards raising awareness on bullying and kindness” said Adib. “Not only does it start a conversation, they’re also being empowered to do something about this (bullying).”
Luqman agreed, saying Kindness Projects like these will make a difference in the future.
“Inculcating these kinds of activities into their daily routines will make them grow up to become better, kinder teenagers and ultimately adults, so this is really powerful,” he said.
The #StandTogether National Kindness Week movement has swept the nation this year, with over 8,000 people signing up to show their support, and countless Kindness Projects run in schools.
It also garnered the interest of Members of Parliament like Nurul Izzah Anwar, Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman, and Khairy Jamaluddin, all of whom participated in the campaign’s WhatsApp-based Kindness Challenge.
The campaign will culminate in a free Kindness Concert on May 4, 2019 at Setia City Convention Centre 2, an event for all to stand together in celebration of a kinder Malaysia. Register at bit.ly/stconcert2019.
#StandTogether celebrity ambassador Nik Qistina invites you to the Kindness Concert!