The sixth graders at Freedom Middle School are continuing a tradition of kindness.

For the past five years, students have given time to make a difference in their community, starting in second grade with senior center Valentine boxes.

In third grade, they donated to the Nicholas House and in fourth and fifth grade, they donated emergency supplies to Puerto Rico and made birthday boxes for The Children’s Haven.

Last week, the class of 2026 connected their mindset lessons with the art of spreading kindness to each other and the community. The students wrote positive messages on their hand prints during school, which together were used for a “unity tree” that will be on display in their hallway. Thursday, a group of students volunteered to stay after school to decorate their hallway with posters expressing positive messages. The entire grade level will begin collecting donations to create “necessity boxes” for The Children’s Haven.

“I am very impressed with the connection of service, kindness and the classroom!” teacher Amy Loiselle said.

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