A Random Act of Kindness

Sunday, April 02, 2017 -

The following is a letter from a local elementary school teacher to Ms Wendy Patel, Grade 8 teacher.

Hello Wendy,

My name is Sarah and I am a Grade 1/2 teacher at a local elementary school in Duncan. As you are already aware, a Brentwood student named Olin D approached me in February with the idea of doing a "random act of kindness" for the students in my classroom. Olin provided 24 Grade 1 and 2 students with a healthy lunch that consisted of sandwiches, homemade cookies, and fresh apples. Olin's gesture of kindness is impressive on many levels.

A reoccurring issue at our school is child poverty. At times, many students do not have access to healthy food, or food at all. Sadly, students come to school knowing they will be guaranteed one warm meal that day. In this day and age, no child should have to worry where their next meal is coming from, but it is a daily struggle for the kids who attend our school.

The children in my class enjoyed the lunch that Olin provided. They loved that it was different from the lunch provided by the lunch program, especially the homemade chocolate chip cookies! Olin made enough chocolate chip cookies that every student was able to take two cookies home for later. Maybe a small deal for many kids in the district, but having food sent home for later is an enormous deal for the kids at our school. Good food is essential for good learning! 

Olin's act of kindness also impressed many other teachers in our school. I feel it is important that Olin's kindness is recognized and appreciated at Brentwood.

Kindly, Sarah

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