It doesn’t take long for Michelle Ward to be inspired. And she doesn’t have to wait long every morning for that motivation.
Ward, a Randolph resident who teaches pre-K youth at a private Braintree school, finds the enthusiasm and optimism of her students infectious and ensuring better times for the future.
With that in mind, Ward has captured the minds of young people in a new book titled “What Kind of Kind are You?” The premise of the book is simple: the children wrote short descriptions about cuteness, with drawings to accompany them. Ward compiled them and made them available to the public.
Ward, who grew up in Boston, attended elementary schools in Framinghan and Boston, graduating from Madison Park High School and Bunker Hill Community College. She is currently studying for a baccalaureate. The 22-year-old Randolph resident was a substitute teacher at Randolph before accepting her current job at Braintree.
“I consider myself to be a very friendly and outgoing person who tries to find the good in everyone I come in contact with,” she said. “It is very humbling for me to make people smile and be kind in this unprecedented world we live in today.”
She showed her inner sense of kindness during the early days of the pandemic by creating chalk drawings of love and hope on the streets of Randolph. Now she is spreading her message a little further, through the written page.
We asked him a few questions:
What inspired you to write this book?
My students inspire me every day when I walk into my classroom. Their sense of wonder, curiosity and enthusiasm for learning excites me for what the future holds. Teaching is really about inspiration, not information.
What is the main point of the book?
The main point of my book is to learn and discuss the importance of being kind to family, friends and community. As an educator, I believe kindness is a key ingredient that improves positivity and helps kids feel good about themselves. It is very important that our children today know and understand that the world needs to be more empathetic and kind to each other.
What was the reaction?
The response has been overwhelming from parents and my colleagues. The idea that I have incorporated my “Kindness” theme and activity into my daily schedule excites them.
What was the hardest part in creating the story?
The hardest part of creating the story was getting the kids to express themselves by writing and drawing pictures of how they felt about being nice to someone.
What’s one or two of your favorite kids’ submissions?
One of my favorite contributions to the book was that one of my students thought that being “nice” was a superhero because they could do anything to save the world. Another favorite submission is when a student draws different characters of their friends saying kind words to each other in a role play.
How can anyone get a copy?
A copy of the book can be purchased on the site studentreasures.com/preorder pin # 7658487