The Sunnymead Middle School Kindness Club has been selected as the 2022 recipient of the Student Club of the Year Award by the Riverside Medical Clinic Charitable Foundation’s Anti-Bullying Institute. The club will receive its award at the Anti-Bullying Institute’s Annual Fundraiser event on Thursday, August 18, 2022, at the California State Citrus Park in Riverside, California.
The Student Club of the Year Award is a subcategory of the Anti-Bullying Institute’s Annual HERO Awards, which recognize a local individual, school, or community group that resides in Riverside County, CA that has shown exceptional efforts in being kind, inclusive, and aiding to end bullying in their school, place of work, and/or community.
“The students and club advisors continuously go above and beyond to create a welcoming and supportive culture through selfless acts of kindness.” said Sunnymead Middle School Principal Matthew Stewart. “The thoughtful planning and support provided to our students, staff and community is a wonderful example that we should all strive to imitate.”
The Kindness Club was established in 2019 at Sunnymead Middle School with the primary goal of uniting students and helping create a positive learning environment for all students by spreading random acts of kindness and creating a kindness culture. In only three years, the SMMS Kindness Club members have organized a Random Acts of Kindness week, adopted a family for Christmas and put on a wellness goods drive for MVUSD’s Wellness Center. Additionally, the Kindness Club organized a Kindness week in February and sold Valentines Grams to promote positivity and to encourage students and staff.
“We are so proud of the students and staff at Sunnymead Middle School,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Martinrex Kedziora. “Although there were challenges coming back to school from distance learning, it did not stop our students from persevering. They followed our district’s HeartsYOUnited campaign goal of spreading kindness and compassion, going above and beyond by creating a club.”
“Not too long ago, one of our high schools received this award too. Earning this award at another school is a huge accomplishment,” said Board of Education President Cleveland Johnson. “This demonstrates the power of collaboration from students and staff at different schools. They learn from each other and replicate practices that are truly making a difference in our schools and community.”
In 2021, Canyon Springs High School, a Moreno Valley Unified School District comprehensive high school, also earned the HERO Peer Club of the Year for its excellence in promoting positivity, student engagement, and anti-bullying awareness on campus through its successful Anti-Bullying Club.