Superman’s cape, Thor’s hammer, Captain America’s shield. Each of these iconic items brings to mind strength, courage, and goodness. They are symbols that represent the best qualities in each of us. Recently, a new symbol made its way into the pantheon of heroes…the cardigan! This was the outfit of a different kind of hero, named Mr. Rogers. His strength didn’t come from cosmic rays or specially crafted weapons, it came from his boundless ability to show kindness. Mr. Rogers’ trademark cardigan has now become a worldwide symbol for kindness and last week, people from around the globe wore cardigans to celebrate World Kindness Day.
When I first heard about #WorldKindnessDay and #CardiganDay on Twitter, I thought it looked fun and posted several promotions for it on social media. Then, I started hearing people talking about buying cardigans to wear in their schools. Choosing not to be a bystander, I decided to jump in and participate myself. A few clicks on Amazon and my new cardigan was on my doorstep the following day. My family got a chuckle out of seeing me in a cardigan. The next day at school, I enjoyed sharing with the students why I was wearing the cardigan and about Mr. Rogers. One parent told me that I looked extremely comfortable in it and another told me it should be my new look. To be honest, it was very comfortable and felt like wearing a uniform that radiated kindness.
The next day, I saw a post on Twitter that stated “#CardiganDay does nothing to fix the world“, but that those who wore them were the “helpers” in the world. I guess that’s true of many of our symbols. It’s not the costume, the tools, or the technology that change the world. It’s our attitudes and our actions that make the difference. Wearing a cardigan didn’t make me a hero, but it was a good reminder of the difference a little kindness can make in the world!
“One of the most important gifts a parent can give a child is the gift of accepting that child’s uniqueness.” – Fred Rogers
“It’s not the honors and not the titles and not the power that is of ultimate importance. It’s what resides inside.” – Fred Rogers
“Young children can spot a phony a mile away.” – Fred Rogers
- Monday, November 18: Celebrate Monday Assembly 9:05 AM
- Tuesday, November 19: Achievement Team 8:15 AM, REED (Trantham) 9:50 AM
- Wednesday, November 20: All Admin Meeting at Johnson 8:00-12:00, Elementary Principals Meeting 1:00-4:30 PM
- Thursday, November 21: Staff Meeting 8:05 AM
- Friday, November 22: School Improvement Committee 8:15 AM
- Monday, November 25: Students of the Month Assembly (Responsibility) 9:05 AM
- Tuesday, November 26: REED (Benson) 8:15 AM
- Wednesday, November 27 – Friday, November 29: Thanksgiving Break!
- Monday, December 2: Celebrate Monday Assembly 9:05 AM
- Tuesday, December 3: Achievement Team 8:15 AM
- Wednesday, December 4 & Thursday, December 5: Jon at MEMSPA Conference
- Friday, December 6: Records Day (Optional Report Day)