CMS Annual Kindness Tour Sweetens Day

By Cheryl Conway 


The Chester M. Stephens Elementary School 14th annual Kindness Tour held last month brought sprinkles of sunshine throughout the community, even through the day’s raindrops.

For its founder, CMS second grade teacher Ann M. Scotland— this is her last tour as she gets ready to retire July 1 and venture off into the sunset into her next chapter. She has made many rainbow connections after working more than three decades in the township, but kindness does not end at the end of her rainbow. 

Her final tour was held May 4 and it began on Sunset Drive with all of the kind greetings and signs that decorated their path. Second graders sang kindness songs for friends and family. To attend their concert, they needed a ticket which was attained by donating a non-perishable food item for the Mt. Olive Food Pantry.

The tour continued with a visit from a service dog from The Seeing Eye. This lesson collaborated with the students’ visit at the All-Veterans Memorial in Budd Lake, where the students learned about the War Dogs memorialized there.

Students took some time to make new friends and create friendship bracelets, Color a Smile for senior citizens of New Jersey, and painted rocks at Pinot’s Palette in Hackettstown to scatter inspiration out in the community. 

Their theme this year was “Just Bee You.”

Honey, rainbow connections and kindness tours definitely make the world that much sweeter.     

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