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Heritage Oak Students Spread Kindness Coast to Coast

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Eighth Grade Kindness Crew Members
Eighth Grade Kindness Crew Students with their Kindness Rocks

YORBA LINDA, Calif. (October 18, 2017) – This week, while on the annual trip to Washington D.C. and New York, students from Heritage Oak Private School spread kindness by leaving “kindness rocks” at various destinations along their tour. Inspired by the nationally known “Kindness Rocks Project” (www.thekindnessrocksproject.com) and implemented by Heritage Oak’s newly-formed Middle School Kindness Crew, the kindness rocks are meant to inspire and encourage the individuals that find them and recruit those individuals to also perform a random act of kindness. 


Upon arriving in Washington D.C. on Saturday, students began creating their individual rocks, each with an inspirational message or image. Each student then had an opportunity to determine where he or she would place the rock. Students placed rocks on the campus of Georgetown University, at a rest stop in Delaware, at the Statue of Liberty, near Rockefeller Center, at the 9-11 Memorial, on the subway and in various additional locations.


Heritage Oak’s Kindness Crew is made up of sixth through eighth grade students who work to implement acts of kindness schoolwide and throughout the world. The crew follows the program outlined by “Think Kindness” (www.thinkkindness.org) and partners with other students throughout the United States to exchange ideas. 


At Heritage Oak’s Middle School Retreat on the first day of school, “kindness” was introduced as the theme for the school year. “In light of recent events occurring around the world, we feel that it is a great time to integrate this kindness mission on our campus.” Explains Middle School Director Latrese Jackson, “We are thrilled that our middle school students have eagerly taken on the responsibility of spreading kindness amongst our campus and setting the tone for the younger students at our school.”


About Heritage Oak Private Education (http://www.heritageoak.org/)


Heritage Oak Private Education is located in Yorba Linda, CA.  The schools overarching philosophy is to develop the whole child. This is accomplished by providing a positive, safe, nurturing climate that enhances learning by establishing and maintaining a high level of academic and behavioral standards. Heritage Oak provides a single location for parents to provide the essential academic, social and physical skills to be prepared for high school and college.  The school is open for children from early learning through eighth grade.