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Jessica Clark

Students from Memorial Middle School (MMS) in Middlebury and Rochambeau Middle School (RMS) in Southbury explored the impacts of kindness during their Library Media class.

Through purposeful planning sessions, Tammy Velleca, MMS Media Specialist, and Christine Parker, RMS Media Specialist, developed a themed-based research project on how kindness impacts you and those you show acts of kindness to, while embedding student instruction on database use and how to properly cite research works used.  The project outcomes ranged from exposure to WeVideo video productions to creating posters in Google Slides.

“I so enjoy watching the students learn how to make these innovative projects. It brings the feeling that Libraries can be places to be creative and take risks and lays the groundwork as the District transitions from a Media Center to a Library Learning Commons. These activities tied in all of the skills we ask of the students academically but in an inventive way,” said Ms. Velleca.

As a “mini capstone project” to culminate their academic and learning experience, the students are reaching out to share their experiences with the community.  The posters they created will be displayed in the middle schools as well as the local town libraries. Winter-themed projects, including snow covered trees, paper bag snowflakes, and origamic style six-pointed snowflakes are being donated to local convalescent homes in Middlebury, Southbury and Watertown to spread a bit of cheer and light this season.

"We truly value sharing kindness in our community, so we thought what better focus for our research than this?  We hope students take away an understanding of the impact we can have when we do for others. Every kind deed, no matter how big or small, matters,” said Ms. Parker.