Orefield Middle School ran a Change for Change/Pay it Forward campaign to collect money for the school to participate in a random act of kindness. The result was a $4,900 collection of cash and Weis gift cards that students and staff will randomly pass out at three local Weis grocery stores on Saturday, November 21st.
In addition to anti-bullying activities, the school has been focusing on being KIND to one another. To show students that a random act of kindness can be powerful, the school ran a Change for Change/Pay it Forward campaign. Students sold car magnets that say COOL TO BE KIND @ OREFIELD MIDDLE SCHOOL to raise funds for this program (graphic shown above). Additionally, students and staff were asked to donate change or Weis Markets gift cards during the campaign. Homerooms competed against each other to see which homerooms could collect the most. Students were then unsystematically selected to join staff and parents at local Weis Markets locations to randomly hand out the gift cards along with a message attached that is designed to inspire others to “pay the random act of kindness forward.” The students will see first-hand this Saturday how people will respond to their kindness.
Assistant Principal Monica Ouly-Uhl spearheaded the campaign and stated, “I can’t believe we raised $4,900! We are going to be giving out about $4,000 worth of gift cards on Saturday. We will be using some of the money to adopt 10 Orefield families for the holidays who have fallen on hard times. We will also spend a small sum to pay for pizza parties for the homerooms that collected the most cash for this program.”
This is the note given out with gift cards:
In order to promote kindness, staff and students at Orefield Middle School decided that they wanted to do something nice for the Parkland community. Over the past few weeks, they donated money to purchase Weis Markets gift cards that will be randomly handed out to shoppers at local Weis Markets stores as they shop for their Thanksgiving groceries. We hope that this random act of kindness will inspire the recipients of the gift cards to “pay it forward” by being kind to someone else in our community. As a recipient of one of our gift cards, we hope that you are encouraged to do something kind for someone else. If this act of kindness inspired you to “pay it forward,” please let us know what you did—no matter how big or small—so that we can share it with our students. Please email your response to Assistant Principal Monica Ouly-Uhl at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Locations: Orefield staff and students will be at the Weis Markets on Rt. 100 in Fogelsville, Rt. 873 in Schnecksville, and Cedar Crest Blvd next to Target in Allentown from approximately 9:30 – 10:30 AM.
About Orefield Middle School’s Bully Prevention Program
Orefield Middle School uses the Olweus, research-based, bullying prevention program which has proven to reduce bullying in schools and helps to make Parkland schools safe and positive places where students can focus on learning. In an effort to reduce bullying and make relationships among students better at Orefield Middle School, school members train staff and students on bully prevention methods, hold regular class chats that promote open dialogue about bullying, post anti-bullying messages and rules around the building, and investigate all reported cases of bullying. Throughout training sessions, students are encouraged to tell an adult at school and/or at home if he or she is bullied or sees bullying happening at school. Students are told that it is very important that they take bullying seriously and contact a counselor, teacher or administrator if a problem arises. This year, students are also taking part in a unity project called “Take a Stand and Step Forward,” a walk-a thon, and a bully prevention assembly. The kindness campaign takes the anti-bullying activities a step further by exploring how kindness can go a long way towards promoting unity within our community.
Orefield Middle School houses about 1,100 6-8th graders with approximately 25% of students receiving free or reduced lunch prices based on household incomes.