'Little extras' kick off kindness project

Somerset Crescent School students were all smiles as they carried boxes adorned with a red heart and filled with goodies.

Peanut butter, Marmite, Milo and sugar were the items delivered to the school yesterday as part of Leigh Rosanoski's Blissful Acts of Kindness initiative.

The "little extras" will contribute to the school's breakfast club, which is run five days a week.

The school has 20 to 30 students who attend breakfast club each day. Even though items such as Weet-Bix and milk are donated as part of the Government-led Breakfast in Schools programme, "little extras" are not included.

Principal Robyn Tootill said extras were paid for by the school and could really add up.

Rosanoski sent 40 boxes out to the community, asking people to donate what they could of the four items listed and during the three-week period more than 49 boxes of goodies were filled.

Tootill said the donation would make a huge difference.

"That will keep us going for a very long time. This means that we don't have to fund it and we can put that money into worthwhile activities in the classroom, which is excellent for us."

Yesterday was phase one of the initiative, Rosanoski said.

Her goal is to pay it forward by spreading kindness and she hopes to continue the initiative long term.

"It started as a simple thought and has grown into a global dream.

"I want it to go worldwide."

Rosanoski calls it her "road to 60", as she turns 60 next year and wants to be able to look back on this year and think "wow, amazing things happened".

"I think it's the age and stage I'm at, I'm a grandmother and I want a beautiful world for my grandchildren.

"I do think that the world needs a whole lot more kindness."

Rosanoski hopes to start the initiative at other schools in Palmerston North.

For information visit ohforablissfullife.com.

Manawatu Standard