Mrs. Kramer, Mr. Sharpnack and Mrs. Snyder proudly display their "Certified Kind Classroom" banner in this photo.
"Kindness is contagious!" "Choose kind!" "Be the kind kid!"
These are just a few of the mottos that echo throughout the classrooms of Mr. Sharpnack, Mrs. Snyder, and Mrs. Kramer at North Strabane Intermediate School. Living by these words are why these classrooms and students have been globally recognized as "Certified Kind Classrooms."
Every year since the 2015-2016 school year, Random House Children's Books, the publishing company behind the book Wonder, sends out a challenge to teachers and schools around the world. Teachers label an incentive jar with an official "Certified Kind" label. Students are challenged to complete kind deeds in order to fill the jar with marbles. 1 kind deed = 1 marble. When the jar is full of marbles, a photograph is taken of the jar and submitted to the company for approval.
Mr. Sharpnack and Mrs. Snyder began this challenge with their fifth grade students in its inaugural year and continued it together through the 2018-2019 school year. For those four years, students in their classes were recognized for their kindness with "Certified Kind Classroom" banners and listed on the official "Certified Kind Registry." When Mr. Sharpnack began teaching sixth grade during the 2019-2020 school year, he took the challenge with him. Again, kindness was a focal point, and his students earned this recognition. Also, Mrs. Kramer, Mrs. Snyder, and their students achieved this honor in their fifth grade classrooms during the school year.
You can see the banners proudly displayed in their classrooms at North Strabane Intermediate School. And, even though 2020 has been anything but ordinary, Mr. Sharpnack, Mrs. Snyder, and Mrs. Kramer are again teaching the importance of kindness to their students this school year. The banners are a nice touch to their classrooms. But, if you ask these teachers, the impacts of their students' kindness are what truly matter and make a difference in the world.