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Pequot Lakes fourth-graders experience Kindness Retreat

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Eagle View Elementary School fourth-graders spent Friday, Feb. 7, learning about kindness and camaraderie.

Youth Frontiers led a Kindness Retreat at the Trailside Center at Pequot Lakes Baptist Church. High school students from the Interact Club helped at the retreat.

Youth Frontiers is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization that partners with schools to build positive communities where students thrive socially, emotionally and academically.

Students sang, danced and played games with each other, and then broke into small groups to talk with an Interact club member about being kind and making the school a better place. Topics addressed included behaviors they see at school they want to change and how they can be a part to change those behaviors.

At the end of the retreat, students formed a circle and filled out cards listing how they could be more kind to their teacher and classmates, someone they want to thank for being kind to them and someone they were sorry to for a time when they weren’t being kind.

Students could share what they wrote, and some responses were emotional. About 20 students shared their thoughts. Some thanked their teachers for all they do to help them succeed, some apologized to friends there for being mean to them in the past, and some thanked friends for being awesome.

Many students said this was their favorite day of school, and they built camaraderie and worked together.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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