Written by Grace Trocano, Senior AmeriCorps member, proudly serving on the Lamar Advertising team at Melrose Elementary School. 

“There are three ways to ultimate success: The first way is to be kind. The second way is to be kind. The third way is to be kind.” Fred Rogers, a fellow Pittsburgher and educator, once made this bold claim about success, and I recently decided to ask my students to explore this theme. 

I first had my students discuss what kindness means. It is a simple word, but it can mean so much more than just “nice.” As they shared their ideas of what makes a kind person, their ideas impressed and inspired me.

One fifth grade student says kindness is "living your life to the fullest." When I asked him what he meant by that, he said that you should never doubt yourself, that you should have fun before you get old, and that you should treat everyone you meet like they're part of your family. Everyone, young and old, can listen to this profound advice.

After we discussed kindness, my students actively tried to spread kindness by creating kindness rocks, a physical reminder to be kind to one another. As we share these rocks, I hope that the students at Melrose feel their kindness spreading. I am so proud to not only make better happen everyday, but to hopefully make kinder happen.



The Baton Rouge Kindness Rocks Project is a random act of kindness social media initiative The Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady developed for the community. Our community needs messages of peace, love and encouragement. Please take a rock and share it in the community – gift it or leave it for someone to find and pass on. These small acts of kindness, when multiplied, can change young attitudes and encourage those who are touched by our kind words. Let’s spread kindness! Share on social media by using #BRKindnessRocks.

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