When school began, I started our year talking about being a nice person. We talked about what it looked liked, sounded like, why it was important and a plethora of ways you can be nice – to both friends and foes. It became our class motto – “Be nice.” When we read the book Wonder, our motto changed a bit, as they talk about kindness throughout the book. Our new motto became “Be kind.” In the book, this quote resonated with all of us: “Kinder than is necessary. Because it’s not enough to be kind. One should be kinder than needed.” Another quote that we discussed at length: “When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind.” As a class, we ADORED August Pullman, the main character in Wonder and connected with his feelings on many different levels. As with any great book, you are sad when it’s over. But, we continue to talk about kindness and how important it is in our daily lives.
Be kind. Always.