Thursday, February 10, 2022

City, schools join to recognize students’ kindness

Educators and students throughout the Wayne-Westland Community Schools District are watching for random acts of kindness.

The district and the city have partnered on a project to identify and recognize students who have demonstrated random acts of kindness as part of the Compassion Project. 

Westland Mayor William R. Wild and Wayne-Westland Community Schools Superintendent Dr. John Dignan are both supporting the project which will be in cooperation with the district current Positive Behavior Interventions and other programs in all school buildings.  Currently, there is a mailbox installed at all school building to collect student and teacher suggestions for recognition of compassionate acts.

Each month, school administrators review all reported compassionate acts and choose a winner for each school. Each winning student receives a gift card and three of the monthly winners attend the Westland City Council meeting where they are formally recognized for their kindness.

Recently, MJR Theaters announced their partnership in the effort. MJR Theater management has donated 153 admit-one passes for students recognized as part of the Compassion Project.

"As proud members of the Westland community, we are honored to be a part of this program and its initiative to recognize those students who are doing their part to create a kinder and better place for those around them," commented Anthony Taylor, MJR marketing director.

"I am proud of the students in the Wayne-Westland Community Schools District for displaying Random Acts of Kindness to their fellow classmates.

“With each act, they are encouraging a culture of care and positively impacting those around them. Thank you MJR Theaters for becoming a partner and helping to build a more compassionate city," Wild said.

"As we strive to encourage our students to act with kindness, we are ultimately creating a more compassionate community. 

“We are proud to be a part of the Compassion Project and very thankful to MJR Theaters for their support in our efforts," noted Dignan.

Six students have already been honored at meetings of the  Westland City Council.