Last Tuesday, just ahead of a snowstorm and an early dismissal, Atwood Kindergarten students were busy making pies. Thanks to a lot of hard work from staff, students, and their families, the four Kindergarten classes produced 80 pumpkin pies for the Annual Messalonskee Thanksgiving Dinner!
The annual Family Pumpkin Pie Day is funded by the Kiwanis Club and has been going on since Kindergarten teacher Maggie Solis was an Atwood Kindergartener herself. She and her mother, Joanne Booth, have done the event together every year since. This year, families in all four Kindergarten classes also made donations to the event.
Mrs.Solis has been organizing the pumpkin pie day for the last 9 years and this year she decided to incorporate it into a Kinder Kindness Project she is doing with her class. “Each year in my classroom I spend a lot of time reinforcing with my students that they are never too small to make a difference and can always do something that can make our world a better place,” said Mrs. Solis. “We are doing an act of kindness each month of the school year to benefit our school and/or community.”
So far the class has participated in the Walk for the American Cancer Society, delivered Spooktacular Town Thank Yous to the local fire department, police station, and Town Office, and made 130 cinnamon gingerbread ornaments for the Friends of the Maine Children’s Home for Little Wanderers.
Families are invited to join their children for most of the Kindness Projects. Future kindness acts include making muffins for the Waterville Homeless Shelter, bringing cheer to the residents of Lakewood Continuing Care at Inland Hospital, and spreading kindness to the school community in a variety of ways.