High 5 Project for Scotland Kids from Compassionate Inverclyde

30 primary schools in Scotland join a program to build a community full of love and kindness. Thereby, the students learned extremely valuable virtues: love and sharing with those around them.

Alison Bunce founded Compassionate Inverclyde in Scotland in 2018 with the goal of teaching children about kindness and making this beautiful virtue spread among many children. Recently, Ms. Alison launched a program called High 5 with the participation of 30 local elementary schools to build a community full of love and compassion.

Thousands of students participated in this program with a “lesson plan” designed by Alison herself. She shared that Children are like sponges because of their enormous ability to learn and absorb. If we show them how to do it, they will follow suit very quickly. We have a responsibility to nurture and empower young people to show kindness.

Students at St Michael’s Primary School in Port Glasgow show their kindness by making blankets and cards for families to take home when they are discharged from a project called Back Home Boxes. They also nominate friends who have many good jobs to receive awards.

Talking more about the Back Home Boxes project, those who live alone when leaving the hospital will be presented with a basket of essential household items. These items are donated by the community, which includes students and parents.

To date, more than 1,400 such gift baskets have been awarded since the project began in 2018. 41 volunteers participated in packaging and gift baskets for patients discharged from Inverclyde Hospital twice daily. An elderly man who received the gift wrote a letter of thanks for the box that touched his heart. In 92 years of his life, he had never received such kindness.

Alison is currently working with teenage students at Greenock. Little girls call themselves Girls of Kindness. They help the elderly at nursing homes, the homeless and the premature babies. They are now raising money to donate essentials like baby diapers to first-time parents.

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