Briggs School celebrates “Day of Kindness”
By Brian D. Wilson
Santa Paula News
Published: January 18, 2013
Briggs School students took a day off from regular classroom work last week for a “Day of Kindness.”
Principal Brandon Gallagher said, “This day is an important day for us here at Briggs School, as it is an opportunity to refocus our attention on kindness, understanding, and community heading into the second half of our school year. The Day of Kindness has taken on a special significance in light of recent events within our country, and hopefully this will become an annual event for Briggs School, prioritizing these concepts of kindness, understanding, and community alongside our traditional core curriculum.”
Gallagher said the day grew out of idea from the school community last year and has grown into what he hopes is an annual event. Because of scheduling problems last school year, the event was delayed until this year. Gallagher said they discovered there wasn’t a good time, so they made time this year.
The day started at 8:30 a.m. and concluded at 2:50 p.m. The students met first in the auditorium and then rotated in small groups in different classrooms. There they heard from several speakers.
The Day of Kindness schedule started with a cyber awareness and social media presentation in the auditorium with Gallagher. At the same time, parents had a parenting program. After a recess the students went to breakout sessions until lunch. Another breakout session followed, and the day ended back in the auditorium for a wrap-up of the event.
Participating groups included Interface Children and Family Services, Cal State Northridge Pride Center, Cal State Channel Islands Multicultural Center, Tommy Frutos, Mentoring, Girl Scouts, Bullying Prevention, Sergeant Jimmy Fogata/Santa Paula Police Department, Dr. Lasonja Temple and guest, Mentoring and Krystal Sarabia, SPHS Interact, and Rotary, Volunteerism and Community Service.