School brings back Random Acts of Kindness Club

CLEWISTON — Clewiston’s Christian School has revitalized its Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) Club, where elementary students from kindergarten to sixth grade are joining together once a month to learn and practice goodwill in their community.

The RAK Club was originally founded with much success many years ago by Denise Hatton. After her leadership, it wasn’t until this school year that the club regained strength with CCS’s own first-grade teacher, Rhonda Iglesias.

“This is a Christian school, so we know God wants us to reach out and shine a light,” said Mrs. Iglesias.

Special to the Lake Okeechobee News/Rhonda Iglesias
Students from Clewiston Christian School gathered at the school on a recent Saturday to collect and donate literacy supplies in backpacks to local community children. Each month, the club will be working on different projects to learn and practice goodwill in their community. Pictured below are some of the supplies included in backpacks.

For September, which is National Literacy Month, the RAK Club started its first project by collecting and donating literacy supplies in backpacks to local community children. The young student RAK members woke up early and dedicated a recent Saturday morning to filling backpacks with donated books new and old, notepads, pencils, coloring books, crayons, word searches, Bibles and Bible study booklets. In addition, they created handwritten cards saying “Jesus Loves You” to join the list of donated supplies. In total, 27 backpacks were made and were to be distributed for Montura’s Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten education program.

“The goal is to get kids to think about someone other than themselves. We plan to accomplish this by doing a community outreach program once a month. It’s our goal as Christians to reach out, help and hope the acts of kindness will spread,” Mrs. Iglesias said.

Next month, the RAK Club will work with Clewiston’s nursing home to start a sock supply drive and make little pumpkins for students to distribute during a visit. So far, up to 35 students have signed up for the Random Acts of Kindness program. Many project plans are in store for the future.

For more information about the Random Acts of Kindness program, check out Clewiston Christian School’s Facebook page.

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