Members of Woodland Middle School’s Peer Helpers club inspired sixth-graders to make a positive impact on others during a “Pay It Forward” assembly.
At the opening of the presentation, every sixth-grade student was given one blue and one orange index card. As members of the Peer Helpers shared a story about a day in the life of a student, they instructed the sixth-graders to hold up their blue cards when they heard a positive statement and their orange cards for a negative statement. When the students held up their cards, the presenters placed a Post-it note of the same color on a large paper heart at the front of the auditorium. This served as a visual representation of how negative words and feelings can affect an individual in one day.
Following this activity, the students watched a video clip from the movie “Pay It Forward.” The clip explained the theory that if you do something kind for someone, they in turn will pay it forward to create a chain reaction of positive change. The Peer Helpers encouraged sixth-graders to spread kindness throughout the school by extending themselves to other students, whether by saying hello, helping to carry their books to class, or sitting with a new student at lunch.