KINDergarten KINDness at Ronald McDonald House
On Wednesday, Dec. 13, Westminster’s Kindergarten class and their teacher, Mrs. Kim Barfield, shared Christmas love and kindness with the families at the Ronald McDonald House in Augusta. They decorated with handmade artwork and served breakfast for the families, after which they sang several Christmas carols. Pancakes, eggs, sausage, biscuits, and blueberry muffins were some of the items on the menu. Not only were the families delighted by the wonderful decorations and the friendly service of these little elves, but were especially impressed by their rendition of “Silent Night” in sign language. Many of the employees at Ronald McDonald House were on hand observing the activities and were equally delighted by this kind gesture by our kindergartners.
The year-long theme for Mrs. Barfield’s class is KINDergarten KINDness. “We want to show God’s love and share His words with others in hopes that they will continue to pass the same love to someone else. We share acts of kindness each week around campus, sometimes planned and other times random,” said Mrs. Barfield.
Another act of kindness, and one of their most public displays of kindness this year, was during the final Wildcat home football game of the 2017 season, when they spent half the game on the visitors side sharing kindness to the fans of long-time rival August Prep. The fans will remember those five- and six-year-olds much longer than the score of the game!
Although the class donates to the Ronald McDonald House regularly each school year depending on what the needs are, this is the first time Mrs. Barfield has planned a Christmas activity. February is usually the biggest undertaking due to the Valentine’s Day holiday; the annual February project is delivering teddy bears both to the Ronald McDonald House and the Children’s Hospital of Georgia, a project that the kids look forward to each year. This Christmas breakfast was definitely a success and most likely will be repeated.
Principle Sue Ames also joined the Kindergarten elves and enjoyed seeing these little people in action. “In the Lower School, we desire to develop empathy in our students, which is important for building relationships and working together with others–skills much needed in our world today. It’s activities like this one that sets us apart from all of the other schools in our area.”
Thank you to all of the Westminster parents who helped make this activity run so smoothly and to the little elves who, according to Mrs. Barfield, “poured their little hearts and souls” into the decorations, the songs, and their hospitality for the families. We hope and pray that this small gesture, so filled with genuine love, brought a little joy during what we can only imagine, a most difficult time for each family currently residing at Ronald McDonald House.