Elementary School completes challenges


Assistant Principal Doug Bishop reads to second graders on Thursday. Students and staff wore yellow that day to signify positivity for Kindness Week.

CAPAC — With Valentine’s Day as their starting point, Capac Elementary School celebrated Kindness Week last week.

In his report to Board of Education members at their Feb. 17 meeting, Assistant Principal Doug Bishop described how students and staff participated in themed dress days, daily challenges and a Kindess Week food drive.

On Monday, the 14th, everyone was encouraged to wear red to symbolize love. Students were challenged to say “thank you” to three or more people that day.

On Tuesday, the 15th, participants wore green for gratitude and were asked to help a teacher or friend.

On Wednesday, the 16th, kids and adults donned blue for the character trait of encouragement. Organizers challenged them to give someone a compliment that day.

And on Thursday, the 17th, yellow was the color of the day to signify positivity. Students were encouraged to do something kind.

Bishop said that teachers incorporated mini lessons into their curriculum that week on ways to show kindness. Bishop and Capac Elementary Principal Rachel Ward visited classrooms to read books about kindness. At the upper elementary level, students created giant posters in the school’s hallways to show what kindness meant to them.

“I want to thank the teachers. They did an amazing job and it was awesome to be able to visit classrooms,” Bishop said.

“Everyone was very receptive to our first and hopefully annual Kindness Week.”

Approximately 150 items were collected as part of the food drive. The food will be given to area food banks, Bishop said.

In other meeting matters:

• overnight field trip requests for the wrestling and bowling teams and FFA group were approved.

• members approved spending up to $26,000 for bus cameras.

• the district’s February Count Day resulted in the full-time equivalency of 754.02 students, a decrease of 16 from the fall count. Supt. Jeff Terpenning said upon following up those families that left, most reported having moved out of the district.

• Barry Geliske was selected as Capac’s 2022 Friend of Youth.