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IS fourth-graders enjoy Kindness Retreat

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youth-frontiers-logoOrono Intermediate School fourth-graders spent January 31 or February 1 in an all-day Kindness Retreat led by Youth Frontiers. The retreat supports the school and district’s work in character education, and aligns with the Youth Frontiers Courage Retreat that eighth-graders experience.

Students met in small groups to talk about their school, what is currently happening and how it could be better. They were also engaged in a variety of activities designed to enhance empathy skills, acquire conflict resolution skills and understand how and why to make kind choices.

Research shows that students with high social-emotional learning and character skills perform better academically and take responsibility for the culture of their school. Character traits are built and enhanced by experiences throughout a lifetime.

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