Over the years the Sconestone has passed through thousands of hands and inspired thousands of acts of kindness. The stone however seems to have a special effect when it passes through the hands of teachers and their school children.
In September 2009 the Sconestone visited the Hunter Primary School in East Kilbride, Scotland. The little school was renowned for its kindness and took to the Sconestone big time with every child touching it and pledging an act of kindness. What was especially touching was the creation of a Kindness Tree by one of the classes that created a bare cardboard tree and then filled it with leaves noting their acts of kindness for the week. A fantastic concept.
The Children of Hunter Primary School in Dundee, Scotland and their Kindness Tree
Again in April 2010, Carol Blair, the 23rd Keeper of the Sconestone created a Kindness Tree for her primary students in Halifax, Canada. Carrying on a wonderful tradition of encouraging our children to do acts of kindness and record it on a Kindness Tree.
Carol Blair and her children from Halifax, Canada with their Kindness Tree.
In December 2012, the Sconestone landed in the hands of Burnadette Hunter a primary school vice principle in Cumbernauld, Scotland. Burnadette Hunter took the Kindness Tree concept one step further and got local businesses to donate a Christmas Tree and ornaments and then had her school children decorate the Christmas tree with Kindness Pledges written on each ornament. By the time Christmas passed the tree was full of kindness ornaments and Cumbernauld was certainly a happier place thereafter.
The Children of Cumbernauld, Scotland with their Kindness Tree
And now in 2013, here in West Hants, Nova Scotia we are taking the “Kindness Trees” initiative one step further and introducing it to the 10 schools in our district. So far we have 7 out of the 10 schools with their Kindness Christmas trees ready to let our children make our community a happier place one small act of kindness at a time.