Hands on Hearts, Students Vow to Spread Kindnessby Charles Honey
Kent ISD, MI —
More than 50 high school students line up on one side of a school gym, ready to acknowledge the secret hurts of their lives.
A day-long workshop on bullying and self-esteem called Chain Reaction is nearing its end. A lot of it’s been fun, with wild games and plenty of laughter. But now it’s time to be brave, workshop leader Keyona Williams tells the students at North Rockford Middle School.
“We all wear masks,” Williams says. “We wear masks because we think they protect us. But they don’t protect you. They hide you. “If you can show enough courage to take your mask off, throw it down and break it into a million pieces, you’ll realize that you are not alone.” Then come the questions. If one applies to you, step across this white line, Williams tells them.