Pell Elementary School will kick off their two-week  “Gratitude Campaign”  as part of a larger initiative called Look For The Good Project, a Connecticut based non-profit organization that has inspired thousands of kids nationally and internationally to uplift their school communities with gratitude and kindness, Newport Public Schools announced in a press release today.

Pell is the first school in Rhode Island to launch their own affiliated gratitude campaign, which will start with school-wide assemblies on Monday, March 12, 2018.

Orange “Gratitude Spots” will be marked throughout the school to remind kids to stop, take a moment, and think about something or someone they are grateful for in their life.  School Principal Traci Westman said in a prepared statement: “We are thrilled to join with the Look for the Good Project and be part of the movement to build positive school climates everywhere! We hope to show the long-reaching effects kindness and gratitude can have on reducing bullying and improving happiness and well-being in our students lives at Pell Elementary and beyond.”

Colorful sticky note “Gratitude Walls” will line the hallways and cafeteria with students’ sentiments of gratitude, kindness, and inspirations. With each student writing one sticky note per day for ten days, Pell expects to have a rainbow of over 9,000 sentiments on display.  Pell parents and caregivers will also be invited to add their notes in the entrance outside the main office.

The Pell Student Council, led by Student and Family Engagement Specialist, Matthew Thadio will be Gratitude Ambassadors and spread more kindness by handing out “Kindness Cards”, each saying “You Matter”. The children are encouraged to tell other students why they matter and the recipient will then pass it along to someone else.

The Look for the Good Project ( is a national program emphasizing kindness, compassion, and acceptance among elementary school children, which in turn aims to reduce bullying.  This program has generated 950,000+ messages of gratitude and countless acts of kindness in just two years.

Participation in this project supports Pell Elementary School’s ongoing commitment to teaching its students about the importance of respect and its anti-bullying efforts.  This project has been made possible thanks to the support of the Pell Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). For more information, please contact Kendra Muenter, Pell PTO Co-President 401-225-4170

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