'Kindness Matters' to these kids and their families
The children glued stickers, designs and sparkles onto the flower pots as the sound of grass being mowed could be heard in the background.
They were decorating flower pots and writing out cards for residents of a nursing home.
The summer camp is called "Kindness Matters," and each day of this camp centers around doing a random act of kindness for the community.
“They love it. They look forward to it. We usually tell them what our next project is going to be the next day, and they can’t wait to come,” said Sharon Lamps of Dimmick, who was directing this specific camp with Maggie Hachenberger of Peru.
Kindness Matters ran Monday-Friday at the West Shelter in Washington Park in Peru. There were 13 kids present on Wednesday, and the camp was geared toward incoming kindergartners to fourth-graders.
It is part of the city’s recreation summer camps.
“Peru does a wonderful job,” Hachenberger said.
The city recreation department offered six weeks of camps, ranging from basketball, to disc golf, rugby and many others.
Other examples of the kindness they participated in were crafts to give as a gift to a “neighbor, friend or relative.” Tuesday the children made crafts for veterans, making flags and painting rocks to go along a flag pole. They did different acts of kindness for Thursday and Friday.
After the children were done with their crafts on Wednesday, Lamps read, "If You Plant A Seed" by Kadir Nelson, a children's book about the importance of kindness.
"If you plant a seed of selfishness, is that good?" she asked the children. The children said in unison, "No" and shook their heads.
Seth Brannan with the City of Peru said Peru’s summer recreation has been in existence for at least 50 years.