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Jeannette Junior High School
40400 Gulliver Drive
Sterling Heights, MI 48310
(586) 797-3300

 

Operation Kindness 2012-2013

 

Operation Kindness

 

                           Our mission -

           To unlock the kindness in people's hearts

                 so they can start a chain reaction.

 

 

 

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Adopt-A-County Road Project

Twice a year (spring and fall), our club participates in Macomb County's Adopt-A-County Road program. We "adopted" the stretch of roadway on 18 Mile Road between Ryan and Dequindre. During the cleanup days, you'll see us out there in our neon orange vests while we carry bright orange trash bags. The students really enjoy this task!

 

 

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Holiday Mail for Heroes

Operation Kindness was once again in action! This time we worked to send Christmas greeting cards to wounded soldiers and veterans recovering from injuries and illnesses in hospitals around the country. Staff donated many unused Christmas cards and we made some of our own by hand. We sent a HUGE box of cards to the Red Cross for their Holiday Mail for Heroes program. We had a good time writing cheerful notes in our cards!

 

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Each year, Operation Kindness works with Student Council in a joint effort to collect gifts for the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots program. We also held a fundraiser allowing students and staff to wear hats and/or pajama pants three days during the collection week. For each day and item worn during the fundraiser, they contributed $1. In all, we raised nearly $500! Wow! The money raised was used to buy an amazing NINE bikes to donate along with the boxes and boxes of toys we collected. The students were very excited for the Marines to arrive to pick up the toys and bikes. It's definitely a big spirit booster here at Jeannette!

 

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Recently, Operation Kindness members put together handmade dog pull toys to donate to a local animal shelter. With donations of old t-shirts, the members had fun braiding and tying the material strips to make the toys.

 

 

 

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Power of One Walk

 

There were a number of positive signs in Utica Community Schools last Wednesday.

More than 70, actually. And they were all centered at the corner of 18 Mile Road and Ryan, courtesy of students from three UCS schools focused on promoting kindness in their community.

Students from Burr Elementary, Jeannette Junior High School and Stevenson High School created a "Power of One" walk as a way to spread a positive message.

"We are out here having a lot of fun, and we are just hoping to encourage people to just be kind to each other and always be kind every day," said walk organizer Michelle Uebrueck, of Jeannette Junior High School.

Students carried signs with messages like “Smile, You Are Beautiful” or “Always Be Kind” to the sounds of car horns during the half-hour walk.

 

 

"The purpose of it is to get people to honk and just be kind," said Jared Wright, a 9th grader at Jeannette Junior High School. "We have had a lot of honks and waves, and we just want to be sure we are spreading kindness to as many people as we can."

 

 

 

The Power of One walk is one of just a number of activities held at each school to promote a positive atmosphere.

"Our kids have worked so hard all year showing kindness and compassion every day," said Burr Elementary teacher Melissa Gronzo. "We meet each month, and talk about how we can make a difference. We have actively played a positive role in our school and community and will continue to encourage others. We hope that our efforts at the Power of One walk inspired someone else to be the change, and start a positive chain reaction."

 

C and G news article - Click HERE

 

UCS website article and video - Click HERE

 

 

 

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