Cedar Rapids school shows '20 Days of Kindness'

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) -- One school in Cedar Rapids is celebrating its 20th anniversary by giving to others.

A little evergreen tree greets people at Summit Schools when they walk through the door.

“We have a tree and we have three families and we donate things like food and clothes,” 7th grader Haley Graw said.

The school is sponsoring three families with a giving tree. It's part of a sponsorship with Hawkeye Area Community Action Program-- or HACAP. Staff say the students are having a lot of fun with this project.

“It's fun even know to watch them pick out the tags on the tree and they're so proud to bring the girt and put them at the base of the tree,” Director Larisa Bickel said.

Just one of many kind acts. A first grade classroom sent these letters to veterans. Another class offered to rake neighbors' lawns near the school. And the entire school also took part in a sock drive.

“We thought it would be great to collect 200 pair of socks for people in need and we blew it out of the park with more than 1000 pairs the kids just had a blast with it,” Bickel said.

The preK through eighth grade school plans to do 20 Days of Kindness for the school's 20th anniversary. Staff say they try to include community involvement in its curriculum. And so far, it's working.

“We just have 84 kids enrolled in this school but I think they are 84 kids with the biggest hearts they just really get into giving to people,” Bickel said.

For some kids it's their favorite part of school. Another activity they can do with friends, both in and out of the classroom.

"Yes, although I'm mostly the one encouraging them to do it,” Graw said. "It has taught me a lot about giving and being kind."