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Kids running toward pile of shoes at assembly

At an all-school assembly in September, OMS introduced the “Capturing Kids’ Hearts” word of the month in a fun way- it was a race to learn about empathy.

Instead of learning about the CKH word over the announcements or a video, students gathered in the gym to reveal the word of the month. Students were in teams by grade level, then had to race to find and put on their shoes from the pile. Once the entire team was done, they opened an envelope to unscramble the word of the month. Quickly, they worked together to put it in the correct order revealing the word EMPATHY. The first team to solve the puzzle won! Kids realized the lesson was that empathy is about putting yourself in someone else’s shoes, and truly understanding each other’s differences. 

This won’t be the only assembly like this, they will hold an all-school assembly each month to introduce the word of the month and play another game - the goal is for the entire school to do this together. The class competition keeps going in each assembly and by the end of the year there will be a winner.  If you want to learn more about this check out

kids hold up the letters spelling out %22empathy%22
kids work to unscramble the letters in the game
pile of shoes as kids line up

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