For the month of December, Draper students in Josh Sawicki’s alternative education program put their knowledge and creativity to work as they designed “Holiday Cheer Chains.”
The participating students chose messages to convey meanings of “paying it forward” and personal mindfulness to write down on slips of colored paper, which were transformed into a full chain of messages for the classroom. Every day, students tear off one piece of the paper chain to count down to Christmas and read the statement of the day together as a group.
“It’s been so great to see students take a moment and think of a brand new way each day of how they can go out of their way to help someone else, or to help themselves focus and be more at peace by using a mindful moment,” Mr. Sawicki commented.
Mr. Sawicki shared that the students have enjoyed the activity so much that they have begun to make more chains for others at Draper to spread more positive thinking and kind deeds around the school during the holiday season.
“Originally, I had planned to make only the one chain for our classroom, but several students insisted on making chains for different classrooms and even the main office,” Mr. Sawicki said. “To me, that shows the true essence of the holiday spirit — by thinking of others and spreading positive thinking and kind deeds.”