The 100th day of school is a day of celebration in many school settings. For the fourth year in a row, the Johnstown Teachers’ Association has extended that celebratory feeling beyond the school walls, by enacting “100 Acts of Kindness on the 100th day of School.” This is a way to give back to the community that has long supported education. Last week, Johnstown’s teachers and teaching assistants flooded the streets of Johnstown with kind deeds such as the following:
- Sending treats (brownies!) to employees at Johnstown City Hall
- Passing out lottery scratch-off tickets to random people and leaving them on random cars in parking lots
- Donating children’s books to the local urgent care waiting room and passing out books to children out and about around town
- Leaving quarters at the local laundromat and at the arcade token machine
- Donating to cancer research
- Leaving candy treats on the windshields of parked cars
- Providing snacks for postal workers, bus drivers, and day care personnel
- Paying the bill for the next car in the drive-through
Over the past four years, Johnstown’s teachers have often also involved their students in this day of kindness. This year was no exception. The students in Miss Scott’s classroom created “Police Survival Kits” filled with snacks and positive words of inspiration, encouragement and gratitude. Members of the Johnstown Police Department were so moved by the gesture that they personally visited the students in class.
This is just a sampling of the JTA’s acts of kindness; the list is endless. In the end, well more than 100 acts of kindness were completed, with the hope that these small gestures of kindness brought joy to members of the Johnstown community.