by: Molly Fern ‘23
Kindness week this year will take place from February 22-26. The week will be split up so that both cohorts can participate in the event. On Monday, Cohort A will wear the color white and on Tuesday, will wear the Kindness week T-shirts or the color blue. On Thursday, Cohort B will wear white and on Friday, along with the extended Bethel community, will wear the Kindness T-Shirts or the color blue.
The theme this year is “You Can’t Mask Kindness!”
“In a world where so much has been altered due to the pandemic, we have to come together and understand that while we may be masked, we can’t mask our kindness,” explained Erin Lowenadler ‘21.
There will be advisories that include activities on Monday and Thursday. Also, the traditional assembly that celebrates Kindness Week will be held twice, one for each cohort, on Tuesday and Friday.
Erin Lowenadler and Ashlynn Ehrhard worked together to coordinate Kindness Week 2021 as their senior capstone project.
“The assembly will be held virtually, half live and half pre-recorded. Ashlynn and I will be in the recording studio live broadcasting it both days of the week while we have pre-recorded videos from teachers and the important people of Bethel, such as Mr. Knickerbocker,” explained Lowenadler ‘21.
This year’s fundraising will support two organizations that struggled during the pandemic. All money from the T-shirt sales will be donated to Ann’s Place, located in Danbury. Ann’s Place provides support to cancer patients and their loved ones.
“There has also been talk about giving a kindness scholarship to a well-deserving senior based on nominations with the money we raise from the penny wars competition since our T-shirt sales skyrocketed!” said Lowenadler.
A donation drive will be held and run through February 19. All of the donations will go directly to Bethel Healthcare. Some suggested donations include sudoku, puzzles, room decor, painting sets, men’s and women’s shampoo, body wash, and lotion. There are boxes in the main lobby to collect donated items. Each box corresponds to each grade.
Kindness Week has become a special tradition at Bethel High School and we look forward to another successful year!