NIOBRARA — The fifth and seventh grade students from Stuart Public School attended the Youth Frontiers Kindness & Courage Retreats respectively on Aug. 28 at Niobrara Public School.

The event had attendees from Niobrara, Verdigre, Creighton, Chambers, Boyd County, O’Neill, Elgin, Orchard, South Central, Clearwater, Atkinson West Holt, Ewing and Stuart.    

The kindness retreat helped build a more caring school community by engaging students in activities that demonstrated the painful effects of bullying and emphasized the value of kindness. 

Elementary school students experienced the positive effect of the kindness boomerang during a high-energy day with classmates. Students learned that, like the golden rule, if they want to catch kindness, they’ve got to throw the kindness boomerang out there. 

The courage retreat helped build a more inclusive school community by encouraging students to accept people for who they are, resist following the crowd and acting with moral courage despite their fears.

“A special thanks to Tyler Steinhauser for attending with the fifth grade students and Alyssa King, Taya Schmaderer and Cameron Sattler for attending with the seventh grade serving in the capacity as small group leaders,” said Patty Hanzlik. “Thanks to Sharon Paxton and Jenny Alder for attending and serving as sponsors at the retreats. Your assistance was greatly appreciated.” 

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