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Keighley primary school pupils encouraged to talk about their mental health through ‘kindness quilts’

Primary school pupils from Keighley are being encouraged to show kindness to each other, to themselves, and at home.

Pupils from a primary school in Keighley have created kindness quilts as part of an Act of Kindness campaign.

In February, the Airedale Hospital and Community Charity team attended an assembly at St Anne’s Primary School in Keighley to give a talk on the #AOKAiredale Acts of Kindness campaign and encourage the students to be kind to each other, to themselves, and at home.

Students at St Anne’s were presented with their quilt in an assembly on World Book Day.

Airedale Charity’s Acts of Kindness campaign was created to spread kindness and happiness within the local community, and teach people the value and importance of doing acts of kindness.

The charity team was invited to the assembly to begin the school’s Health Week during which, children were taught about how to look after their health, including their mental health.

The #AOKAiredale presentation focused on how being kind and doing acts of kindness is good for your mental health and overall wellbeing.

At the end of the assembly, the charity team introduced the concept of ‘kindness quilts’ and handed out worksheets on how to create a kindness quilt.

Later, in their separate classes, the students created their own kindness quilts by drawing around their hands on a piece of paper and then writing on each finger how they will pledge to be kind and coloured in the drawing.

All of the students’ drawings were then stapled together, creating a ‘kindness quilt’. Some of the words that came up most often were: polite, helpful, listen, share, grateful and friendship.

The charity team returned to the school a few weeks later on World Book Day and the students presented their fabulous kindness quilts in an assembly.

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