LTMS celebrates De Soto’s kindest
Jennifer Henning could feel the love from her daughter Colleen last Wednesday.
Colleen, an eighth-grader at Lexington Trails Middle School, read an essay she wrote about her mother during the school’s Kindness Assembly.
Eighth-graders celebrated those who have touched their lives with the school’s annual assembly.
The students each wrote an essay for the Kindest Kansas Citian Contest, describing a people in their lives who had made a difference.
The Kindest Kansas Citian essay contest sponsored by Synergy Services to celebrate metro-wide kindness. This is the 13th year Lexington Trails Middle School has participated in the contest.
Students were asked to chose an adult other then a family member who has show them kindness in the past. The essays described why the nominee was kind, how their kindness affected the student and why they are a role model.
Colleen said her essay summed up who her mom is.
“I wrote about how she is my role model and how I see her,” Colleen said. “She’s kind of a role model, and she’s like a second mom for some of my friends.”
“I just said basically that kindness is someone that people look up to and respect but can have fun around at the same time.”
Colleen didn’t tell her mom she was the subject of her essay, although she was the first person who came to mind.
“She got a letter in the mail,” Colleen said. “She was happy.”
Jennifer said she was shocked and very happy to be the subject of her daughter’s essay. She was also the subject of another student’s essay.
“They are very sweet girls,” she said. “The thing about Colleen is she doesn’t seem to mind that her friends like me too. She doesn’t feel like I get in their way. They are all great kids. I see great potential in all of them.”
Superintendent Ron Wimmer, served as guest speaker for the event.
He addressed students on how important are the little act of kindness they show to teachers, friends and parents.
Angie Russell, school counselor, said Wimmer’s speech focused on how all things come back and make a big difference in people’s lives.
“If they don’t make the best of choices, they can start over the next day and still be successful,” she said.
Russell said the Kindest Kansas Citian program was great for students and adults.
“Well, it’s great for the adult role models to hear they are making an impact on students,” she said. “By writing, it is their (students’) way to thank an adult where they may not do it verbally or may not think to thank them for acts of kindness. It’s a great way to thank adults in their lives.”
Following the assembly, guests and students were invited to a reception in the LTMS lunchroom.
Essay contest winners will be honored at the Kindest Kansas Citian Awards Dinner May 15 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Kansas City.