Lessons of Kindness Build Character at La Petite Academy Schools
Lessons of generosity and community spirit are coming to life for children as La Petite Academy celebrates the Season of Kindness. The beloved holiday custom at all La Petite Academy Schools and its Learning Care Group sister schools at Childtime teaches children about giving back, paying it forward and sharing joy. Families in the Hampton Roads area are invited to help spread the spirit of the season by participating in the Christmas stocking drive for the Salvation Army. Our schools have committed to collecting items and stuffing 250 stockings to be delivered to local children and senior adults in the Hampton Roads area.
For this year’s initiative, “Kind Kids, Warm Wishes,” children are encouraged to spread warmth and love by engaging with their community through selfless acts of giving throughout the holidays. Children are secretly giving out warm wishes with the help of their parents, notifying friends and neighbors, “You’ve been hugged,” and inviting others to pass along the greeting. After blanketing neighborhoods with goodness, their good deeds will be featured in kindness quilts created at each school.
“One of the most impactful things our children can learn is the value of giving back to the community and how each of us can help make the world a better place,” said Deb Gransbury, District Manager. “Kindness is a subject of growing importance for our families, and every bit as important a life skill as literacy, math, and making healthy choices.”
At Learning Care Group schools, character development is integrated in the classroom in ways that are meaningful to children, helping them better understand and learn positive values. Children learn that kindness can include something as simple as giving a hug, lending a helping hand or sharing a toy with a friend. Teachers engage children in opportunities to develop an understanding of empathy through teachable moments and by acknowledging good deeds.
From contributing to coat and toy drives, to visiting “grandmas and grandpas” at senior centers, to sending letters and care packages for soldiers overseas, children at Learning Care Group schools are learning they can have a positive influence on the world around them. While the spirit of giving comes into particularly sharp focus during the holiday season, opportunities for community outreach draw heartfelt support from staff, students and school parents alike throughout the year.
The Salvation Army Christmas stocking drive is one of many ways our schools are teaching the children to give back to the community and spread the holiday spirit!
Contact one of our local schools for more information:
La Petite Williamsburg locations:
3190 Lake Powell Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185 phone: 757-253-1938 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
5260 Olde Towne Road, Williamsburg, VA 23188 phone: 757-220-0121 email: email@example.com