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Rundle Elementary students changing world with #OneSmallAct

Posted at 3:10 PM, Dec 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-20 18:51:05-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The students of Rundle Elementary School are changing the world -- one small act of kindness at a time.

Students help teachers with various tasks and the whole school donated socks to a nearby shelter.

“It’s just not about academics in school. It’s about becoming just that really good person and that really good person does acts of kindness.”

Students don’t take a class on kindness. It’s not written into the curriculum. It’s a value taught by example -- each and every day.

“It’s actually just inbred in the school climate and culture. So, this is something as a teaching staff and as a school community, we have wanted to instill in our students so we have just made this part of who we are.”

Since the school opened in 1991, kindness has been taught as a way to honor the legacy of its founder.

“Richard J. Rundle actually gave his life to save another student. His friend Eli. He actually pushed him out of the way of a drunk driver and he gave his life to save his friend.”

You don’t need money, you don’t need things. You can change the world with one small act -- it’s an empowering message for students. Especially at Rundle where many are homeless. All receive free or reduced lunch.

“That should be no reason why these students can’t be kind, why they can’t show acts of kindness and why they can’t give.”

Ashley Burney has worked with Dr. Reece and students at Rundle Elementary in her role with the Tyler Robinson Foundation, a nonprofit that raises awareness and money for pediatric cancer. She nominated the principal for our 13 Days and Knights of Giving.

“I asked Dr. Reece, if I were to nominate you for an award, what would that look like? What would dream of? She’s like, ‘a meal for my kids.’”

So, to honor Dr. Reece and the thoughtful young leaders of Rundle Elementary, we acted in kindness -- fitting students with new shoes and socks and serving a warm holiday meal with a side of festive entertainment.

Kindness spreads like the wings of a butterfly -- it’s contagious.

“It makes me feel good because I actually helped someone and maybe one day I would need help and they would come and help me.”