Kindness matters in schools

By Beth A. Birmingham | Feb 07, 2014
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham Students at Lura Libby School in Thomaston stand in front of the kindness wall acknowledging their random acts of kindness. The school joined Cushing Community School in the Great Kindness Challenge Jan. 27 through Feb. 3.

Thomaston — Lura Libby School celebrated the Great Kindness Challenge the week of Jan. 27 — something that staffers hope will instill the behavior as a lifestyle.

Students in kindergarten through fourth grade and staff were recognized for showing kind and caring behavior toward others. Their random acts of kindness — helping someone who was sad, letting someone look at a library book, voluntarily offering someone a snack, or helping someone tie their shoe — did not go unnoticed.

Principal Ainslee Riley also held the challenge at the Cushing Community School, culminating with the tallying of Caught Being Kind Tickets Jan. 3.

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at

Second-grader Benjamin Davis was awarded a certificate of "Kindness Counts" during the Great Kindness Challenge at Lura Libby School in Thomaston. Davis was noticed for always saying hello to everyone. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Gracie Shafer, Nathaniel Thompson and Sophia Daggett stand in front of the acrostic poems their second-grade class worked on during the Great Kindness Challenge at Lura Libby School in Thomaston. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Cushing Community School students Maxime Crute, third grade; Savana Sanford, kindergarten; Alaina Prior, second grade; and Madison Benner, fourth grade were recognized for their random acts of kindness during the Great Kindness Challenge. Posing with the students is Principal Ainslee Riley. (Courtesy of: Cushing Community School)
Comments (1)
Posted by: Lorrie Callaway | Feb 08, 2014 17:31

It is sooooo nice to see some of the POSITIVE events happening in RSU 13!! Let's see more of this!

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Beth Birmingham
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Beth rejoined Courier Publications' news staff in February 2013. She previously worked at The Courier-Gazette from 1981 to 1990.

Her coverage area includes Warren, Union, Friendship, Waldoboro, Washington and RSU40.

Beth has a passion for photography, and a degree from the University of Maine at Augusta, in affiliation with the Maine Photographic Workshop in Rockport.

Aside from photography, Beth enjoys working out, ocean therapy sessions and walks along the waterfront, as well as other outdoor activities. She has a daughter, Claire, who is 16.

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