A flower to brighten the day at BOCES

Devon Foster, left, and Joe Gardener learn how to make a single carnation wrap from Floral Design and Greenhouse Technology student Kristin Hartle, foreground. Devon and Joe are students in Maureen Bennett’s class at Oswego County BOCES and organized a random acts of kindness project in which they presented a flower to several random strangers. The idea for the project was spurred from classroom discussions about community building, peace and the virtues that embody a responsible citizen. In the pink shirt is Oswego County BOCES school counselor Stacey Turtura.
Devon Foster, left, and Joe Gardener learn how to make a single carnation wrap from Floral Design and Greenhouse Technology student Kristin Hartle, foreground. Devon and Joe are students in Maureen Bennett’s class at Oswego County BOCES and organized a random acts of kindness project in which they presented a flower to several random strangers. The idea for the project was spurred from classroom discussions about community building, peace and the virtues that embody a responsible citizen. In the pink shirt is Oswego County BOCES school counselor Stacey Turtura.

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

Simple acts of kindness can brighten another person’s day, are often an inspiration, and have the power to create a positive ‘pay it forward’ movement. 

A shining example of this is a random acts of kindness project coordinated by Maureen Bennett’s class at Oswego County BOCES. 

Bennett’s students kicked off their kindness project by spending some time in the Floral Design and Greenhouse Technology program at BOCES. The young students worked as apprentices under current career and technical education students in the program, learning how to make a simple, single carnation wrap. 

With their flowers completed, Bennett’s students were given the opportunity to surprise a complete stranger by presenting him or her with a flower. The small and generous acts of kindness created a movement of good will and happiness throughout the school.

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