In a remarkable display of unity and creativity, the talented second graders of the Vince Lombardi School in Brooklyn, New York have come together to create a powerful anthem titled “Kindness is Beautiful.” Spearheaded by the David Z Foundation and Global Lighthouse Studios, the project showcases the potential of collaboration and the magic of amplifying all voices in the pursuit of learning.
At the heart of the song lies an essential question the students sought to answer: “How does kindness look, feel, sound, taste, and smell?” Through their music and lyrics, they skillfully articulate the multi-sensory experience of kindness, capturing its essence and sharing it with the world.
Featuring the gifted music artist and puppeteer Teresa Hui, this song has brought together 206 Second graders who collectively wrote the song, crafted the melody, and performed alongside Teresa.
One of the most remarkable aspects of this project is how it catered to the strengths and interests of each student, proving that everyone has a role to play in achieving greatness. While not all students were initially enthusiastic about singing, they found their place through various tasks such as set design, storyboarding, and choreography. This inclusive approach not only allowed every child to contribute but also highlighted the power of teamwork and the value of diverse talents.
Empowerment has been a central theme throughout this journey. The students were encouraged to explore their creativity, voice their thoughts, and take ownership of the project. By witnessing their ideas come to life, they discovered the immense power within themselves, instilling a deep sense of confidence and self-belief. They also modeled the incredible power of music for social-emotional learning.
As the saying goes, “In a world where you can be anything, be kind.”
Story written by Daniel Roeder, Chief Academic Officer – David Z Foundation / Shared with Channel Kindness