Mister Rogers Neighborhood creator Fred Rogers once outlined three ways to success. He explained, “The first way is to be kind. The second way is to be kind. The third way is to be kind."
Kindness is a quality Howland High School’s Director of Student Services Sean Borawiec has exhibited throughout his career. Just recently, his kindness and the efforts he’s made to instill kindness among students at Howland High School were nationally recognized. Borawiec is one of thirty finalists selected by the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation to attend The Kindness Experience in Denver, Colorado, in April.
“I think it’s simple. It doesn’t take a whole lot to be kind to others. Kindness is infectious,” said Sean Borawiec.
Nearly 20 years ago, Borawiec started collecting donations from students and staff to help purchase gifts for children in need through the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program. Each year, the donations seemed to grow as did Borawiec’ students’ understanding of the importance of being kind. Throughout his career, he’s been able to continue those lessons in kindness . A couple of years ago, he started carving out time within his classes to specifically discuss kindness. He would show his students episodes of Netflix’s The Kindness Diaries and then discuss with his students the ways in which they showed kindness throughout the week.
“It got students talking. They couldn’t wait to come to class and tell me what they had done to bring a smile to someone else’s face,” said Borawiec.
This past spring, Borawiec filled out a seven page application to be considered for the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation’s The Kindness Experience. In September, he was named a semifinalist and had to complete a 30 minute telephone interview. Just recently, Borawiec learned he was selected to travel to Colorado in April to attend the training, which is focused solely on the science of kindness.
“I am really looking forward to this experience. I cannot wait to share what I learn with our staff and students,” said Borawiec.