Robinson Students Decorate Metlox with Kindness ChainsJan 27, 2022 11:50AM ● By Jeanne Fratello
Robinson Elementary students gathered at Metlox Center in Manhattan Beach on Thursday to unveil their "Kindness Chains" art project in honor of the Great Kindness Challenge.
The colorful paper Kindness Chains - which feature individual links made by students, each with a message about an act of kindness - will be on display at Metlox through February 6.
“At Robinson, we believe kindness is contagious," said Robinson Elementary Principal Jackie O’Sullivan. "When we are kind to others, it makes them feel good, and it makes us feel good. Kindness can create more kindness...it’s a beautiful chain and that’s the idea behind the project."
Students' messages about kindness included "Help Mom," "Sit with someone new," "Give a kind compliment," "Babysit my brother," "Say good morning to a teacher," and many more.
Through their kindness efforts, Robinson’s students join nearly 17 million other students from over 115 countries in taking part in the Great Kindness Challenge, which is held annually each January.
Robinson students are also spending the week practicing acts of kindness and carrying out "The Platinum Rule," which is about treating others how they want to be treated.
"Kindness Creates More Kindness"
On Thursday morning, nearly 200 Robinson students made the trek along the woodchip path on the Greenbelt over to Metlox to see the culmination of their project.
"These kindness chains are our invitation to the Manhattan Beach community to join you in performing acts of kindness," Robinson teacher Danielle Weiss told the assembled students. "Kindness creates more kindness in a beautiful chain."
The students took one giant group photo, and then students from each grade took photos under their corresponding trees.
Robinson students have had a tradition of doing public art projects in connection with Kindness Week. Previously, they made “Kindness Hearts” which hung in Civic Center Plaza and in front of the Joslyn Center.
Yea-Lan Chiang, co-president of the Robinson Elementary PTSA said school leaders were grateful to city officials and to Metlox for enabling this year’s project.