Active Kindness: Cottage Hill Elementary students visit, donate to animal nonprofit |

Active Kindness: Cottage Hill Elementary students visit, donate to animal nonprofit

Theresa Hioki took a group of volunteer students to AnimalSave to show them the operations of nonprofits, and have them actively partake in kind acts.
Submitted photo by Theresa Hioki

Respect, fairness, responsibility, citizenship, trustworthiness and kindness.

These are the six traits Cottage Hill Elementary students are meant to embody, according to the school’s kindness and character advisor, Theresa Hioki.

This year, Hioki’s Kindness Crew, comprised of 16 volunteer elementary students, raised $500 for AnimalSave, a local nonprofit that adopts, neuters and supports animals. Wednesday, Hioki and 35 students from the school will be touring the nonprofit to get a better understanding of it.

Since December, Hioki has been working with third, fourth and fifth graders to help them understand the functions of nonprofit, and how they relate to the school’s six character traits. Hioki encouraged students to choose a nonprofit they cared about, and raise money for it.

Every student member took part in the project, said Hioki, by writing letters and starting a GoFundMe to raise money. The kindness and character advisor said her work is meant to demonstrate you can use your talents and skills to do something positive for the community.

“I’m so proud of all these students and the hard work they put into this,” said Hioki. “They are so passionate and enthusiastic about doing good.”

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