Archbishop Williams students did not have classes this past Monday but that didn’t stop the members of Ms. Stephanie Mariano’s Public Speaking Class from coming in to “spread kindness” to their peers. When Williams’ students went to their lockers Tuesday morning, they were met with messages of happiness, goodwill and hope on handwritten post-it notes courtesy of the Public Speaking Class and their “26 Acts of Kindness” project. For this Project, each student had to complete 26 total acts of kindness individually and as a class. By way of example, individually students donated to charities, wrote supportive letters to family members, purchased coffee for strangers, helped neighbors with chores and completed community service projects.
As a class, starting in December, students read to preschool students at QCAP Head Start. This past week, they completed their final act of kindness with the locker messages. The entire Public Speaking Class worked together writing the messages to their peers and 12 class members came in to post the notes throughout the school. The messages read, “You can do it!” ; “Have a beautiful day!”; “Be Happy!”; “Go Bishops!”; and “You’re the Best!” Some messages were written in foreign language by and for International students and certain students in foreign language clubs.
The assignment’s goal was to spread kindness in the Williams community. As a part of the Project, students also reflected on the experience of carrying out the acts in a 5-minute oral presentation. Each student was asked to highlight their three most meaningful acts and describe the positive work the class as a whole completed throughout this project.
“We are blessed by Ms. Mariano’s leadership of our Public Speaking Class,” commented School President Dennis M. Duggan, Jr., Esq. ’70. “This particular project, so relevant and timely in this world of strife and conflict, underscores our efforts to produce leaders who serve. Our Public Speaking students’ “Acts of Kindness” benefitted those within and outside the Williams community.” Said President Duggan, “I commend the project and applaud their actions and achievements.”
The Public Speaking course is offered to Archbishop Williams’ Juniors and Seniors as a part of the English Department. The class is particularly valuable in that it prepares students for a college-level curriculum and develops skills in presentation, service, communication and career-oriented project management.