The JTMS PTA is working in conjunction with the PBSIS Universal Team and The School Safety Committee to kick off Operation Kindness at our Jefferson Township Middle School.  Our goal is to eliminate bullying by emphasizing kindness.  We believe it is important to work together with the community and other school groups to talk about what we should be doing instead of what we should not, focusing on the positive to improve the climate of our school.  Operation Kindness is a year-long initiative bringing a different program each month to the students.  We began our initiative in August with the sale of Kindness T-shirts to all staff and students.  We also created Kindness Lawn Signs as a way for families to show support for the program.  All proceeds from both of these sales will assist in funding activities for the students. 

This Friday, we are holding our Operation Kindness Kickoff.  During the afternoon students will move between three stations.  The first will feature the D’Amico Family, known for their Kindness for Christopher movement.   Christopher D’Amico was killed in a tragic boating accident two years ago in Lake Hopatcong NJ.  In an effort to keep his memory alive, help them heal and remind the world of the amazing human being we lost, his parents Chris & Laura started Kindness for Christopher.  All they are asking is for people to do one random act of kindness daily, but especially on the 24th of every month in honor of our son.  We are looking forward to hearing their story. 

Our second station will feature Kindness Cards provided by the D’Amico Family.  The Blue Star Moms of Jefferson will be assisting the students in creating card with words of encouragement to send to our military.  Blue Star Moms provides support for mothers who have sons or daughters in active service. It was originally formed during World War II. The name came from the custom of families of servicemen hanging a banner called a Service Flag in a window of their homes. The Service Flag had a star for each family member in the military. Living servicemen were represented by a Blue Star and those who had lost their lives were represented by a Gold Star.

Our final station will include Kindness Rock Painting.  Tomco Landscape & Supply was gracious enough to donate and transport river rocks for us to create a Kindness Rock Garden on our campus.  Every student and staff member will be able to paint a rock to add to the garden.  We know that our garden will bring joy and happiness to all those who visit. 

We know our students will enjoy an afternoon on of fun activities while we are reinforcing what it means to be kind and showing them the small acts  we can do that really make a difference.