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Director's notes: CCS measuring community kindness

It is hard to believe, but we are now into the month of November. We survived the aftermath of Halloween (too much candy and too little sleep) and things for the most part have returned to normal at Crosslake Community School.

I want to extend my personal thanks to all of the local businesses and parent volunteers who stepped up on a very dreary day to support our kids with candy, costumes and trunk-or-treat goodies during our annual parade.

I recently learned that November is "Kindness" month. This is significant for us as a school since kindness - along with integrity, discipline and service - represents a core value that we share at CCS. To create a sense of awareness of the importance of kindness to our community, Kris Fjelstul, our school social worker, is implementing a community "Kindness Project" that we hope area businesses and others will embrace.

Over the next few weeks, we will be passing around a "Kindness Notebook" starting with one of our local businesses. The idea is to promote one-minute random acts of kindness, record the act and quickly pass the book onto someone else. By Nov. 21, right before Thanksgiving break, we hope to get the book back to school where we can share with our students the things people did to demonstrate kindness to others.

Examples would include holding a door open for someone, saying "thank you," offering to help someone with a project, etc. Our hope is that the entire community will participate and quickly move the notebook from business to business, etc.

The month of November has also been designated as a time to recognize, honor and thank all of the veterans who have served our country over the years. We can never forget nor can we adequately say thank you to those who gave their lives, suffered serious injury or took time away from family to serve us.

The best we can do is to say thank you and to choose to live our lives in a way that honors those sacrifices by doing our part to preserve this great country we call home.

Our students will be participating in a Veterans Day program at 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 10, and we would like to extend an open invitation to all veterans in our area to stop by and allow our students to honor you for your service.

Finally, November also brought one of our favorite fundraising events of the year, our annual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser for our PTO. This event was held Tuesday, Nov. 7, at Whitefish Lodge and Suites and included a meal as well as silent and live auction items.