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Kindness is Contagious

USM hosted a week-long celebration of kindness in April, which also tied into 414 Milwaukee Day on April 14.

Studies have shown that observing and practicing kindness can create a ripple effect of happiness in others—which was the goal of Kindness Week at USM. The school hosted many events during the week of April 12, all designed to spread cheer both on campus and throughout Milwaukee.

The Parents' Association build "kindness bridges" throughout the school with lights and the names of all students & teachers.

Middle School students looked for their names on a Kindness Week sign created by members of the Parents' Association.

Students collected school and art supplies to benefit Boys and Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee, the Parents’ Association hosted outdoor coffee events throughout the week, kindergarten students wrote motivational letters to seniors, several grades held cross-divisional reading events, and Flik Independent School Dining supplied a special Milwaukee-focused menu on April 14 in celebration of 414 Milwaukee Day. In addition, USM collected financial gifts in support of the newly created USM Bridge Fund, which provides short-term tuition assistance for school families facing financial hardships.

An Upper School student reads a book to Lower School students.

Upper School student Jackson Darr '24 read a book about kindness to 3rd grade students in Morgan Woods' '08 class.

To visualize the responsibility that each of us has to be kind, members of the Parents’ Association created kindness bridges in each of the school’s divisions and the administrative wing featuring the names of every student, faculty, and staff member. Many thanks to Andres and Juliana Elejalde, and David and Liza ’99 Sadoff, for devoting many hours of their free time to concept, assemble, and install the bridges throughout school.

A kindergarten student writes a special note to a graduating senior.

Hilary Dwamena '33, along with her kindergarten classmates, wrote notes of encouragement to seniors as they prepared for their AP exams.

We never know how far an act of kindness, even a small one, can spread.

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