Augusta Halle may only be 11 years old, but she already has an idea of how to create a utopian society.
“I just think everybody should be kind, because then we could have a perfect world,” Halle explained.
To Halle, who will be attending Manhattan Beach Middle School this fall, being kind and helping others are not things you choose to do. Instead, they are innate.
“I just feel like it’s a humanly thing to do. Everybody can be kind to each other, and it’s just about finding a way to do it. Everybody has that place in in their heart to do acts of kindness. It feels good, but it also just feels like it’s the right thing to do,” she said.
Halle often encourages others to spread kindness. During the last school year, she used a $100 grant she received from Manhattan Beach Education Foundation’s Social Inclusion Grant Program to bring gratitude and kindness to her school, Grand View Elementary.
She created what she called Gratitude Cards. If you showed another student gratitude, you would have them initial the card. Then, you’d pass the card on to them. That person would pay the kindness forward, showing an act of gratitude to another and also pass on the card. The card continued to be passed on until all ten boxes were filled. Once the boxes were filled, students returned them to Grand View.
“I was surprised how many we got back. It wasn’t just kid signatures. It was some adults and that was cool,” Halle said. “We got probably like 50, which is 500 acts of kindness.”
Halle attributed much of her success to her principal, Nancy Doyle, who said…
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