300 Students and Community Members Attend Art of Kindness Showcase Event

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Congratulations to our students and Social Emotional Learning (SEL) team for hosting another successful Art of Kindness event last Friday! Approximately 300 students, teachers, administrators and community members attended the culminating event which wrapped up a multi-month campaign to promote random acts of kindness and awareness about the value of social emotional learning. 

​The district would like to thank the following partners: CASEL, Novo Foundation, Council Member Rick Jennings, Mayor Darrell Steinberg, and SactoMofo. We would also like to thank the event sponsors: Derivi Castellano Architects, Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud &  Romo Law Firm (AALRR), Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento Theatre Company, Farmington Fresh, Kelloggs and our Board of Education Members: President Jessie Ryan, Darrel Woo, Mai Vang, Ellen Cochrane, Christina Pritchett and Michael Minnick. 

This event was a great success in large part because of the roles played by so many individuals. For example, emcees for the evening were Sue Keister from CASEL and Malissa Bordeaux, a senior at John F. Kennedy High School. The event also received video support from New Technology High School teacher Dale Means and his students, along with Gary Bell, a graphic designer from our Youth Development Services.

In addition to promoting SEL and student projects, the event honored retired Judge Rudolph “Barry” Loncke as the event’s inaugural “SCUSD SEL Champion” award recipient. Judge Loncke was honored because of his work as a kind and compassionate family court judge, and for his continuing work in bringing kindness to City Hall by way of honoring care providers who exemplify great compassion towards those they care for.

There were various student performances and all truly reflected the feelings of inclusivity, kindness, empathy and compassion. The highlight of the night was when two West Campus freshman–Luke Torre and Zuriel Joven, spoke about why they decided to build a low-cost robotic arm for amputees. They explained how they want to better humanity and help those in need by building something useful and affordable. Learn more about Luke and Zuriel by clicking here

Sacramento City Unified School District is a leader in the field of Social Emotional Leader. Learn more about the important work of our SEL team.