Tech Center Celebrates Kindness Day

November 14, 2018

In honor of National Kindness Day, Career and Technical Education teachers and staff and Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES celebrated their students.
Staff members wore T-shirts designed by CTE Computer Graphics students that bore the words Choose: Kind. Two students who exemplify kindness were awarded shirts as well.
Lakeland student Molly Vaughn was awarded a Kindness T-shirt because “She stands out as friendly, helpful and kind every day,” according to Principal Steve Lowery.
“It makes me happy to help people,” Vaughn said, “and it is easy to be happy here at Tech because I love my class so much.” Vaughn is a student in the Certified First Responder class.
Brewster student Ronaldo Portillo, who studies in the Heating, Ventilation and Cooling class, was given a Kindness T-shirt because of his “incredible enthusiasm, constant kindness and the fact that he is forever smiling at everyone,” according to CTE guidance counselor Maggie Almonte, who, along with other staff, organized many of the day’s events. “Just seeing his smiling face every day makes me smile,” she said.
“I think it is important to smile at people,” said Portillo, “because you never know what kind of day someone is having, and if you have a kind attitude toward them it can really help them.”
CTE students in every class got a copy of the class roster with the assignment to write something kind about each person on it. At the end of class, each student received a page with a kind anonymous comment from each of their fellow students, which teachers compiled.
“It really made some of our students’ day,” said Digital Film, Video and Audio Production teacher Liz Marques.
Students were also given bracelets saying Kindness Starts with Me and Kindness Matters.
“The day really ties in well with our board goals of promoting the social emotional well-being of all of our students,” said Lowery.
Staff wear their Kindness T-shirts