WILMINGTON, MA — The Shawsheen Elementary School recently added a “Kindness Library” to its school library.
Kindness libraries are bookcases filled with more than 50 different children’s books books that teach and highlight lessons in kindness. The mobile bookshelf is filled with quality texts that help foster and support friendships and kindness initiatives at school.
The Shawsheen received the kindness library after winning a raffle at the Massachusetts Reading Association Conference. The kindness library, valued at approximately $1,000, was donated by the Joseph Middlemiss Big Heart Foundation, Inc.
“The Kindness Library will provide a concrete place for students to initiate inclusive behaviors while fostering friendships and reinforcing kindness,” said Principal Lisa King. “This gift represents and touches upon many values that we hope to instill in our youth, such as respect, kindness, empathy and inclusion.”
The school dedicated the library to the district’s late superintendent Joanne Benton. A plaque with her name was included on the bookshelf.
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