Regan Pan and Olivia Spaulding are best friends in the transitional kindergarten at Loyola School and members of the school’s Kind Club.
“We do everything together,” Olivia said. “So we come to the Kind Club meetings together.”
“We joined the Kind Club because we like to color,” Regan added. “And to be kind.”
The Kind Club, open to Loyola students in TK through sixth grade, convenes twice a month and encourages members to meet a monthly challenge by doing good deeds for the school or the community.
For Valentine’s Day, club members decorated 200 lunch bags Thursday to donate to Hope’s Corner, the Mountain View-based nonprofit organization that serves free breakfasts and bag lunches to people in need every Saturday.
In addition to the typical Valentine’s hearts, club members painted other cheerful symbols on the white paper bags for Hope’s Corner lunch recipients.
Third-grader Andrew Wall drew a rainbow on one of the lunch bags.
“I think a colorful rainbow makes people happy,” he said.
During their morning recess, Andrew and fellow club members worked on the Valentine’s lunch bags. Such club meetings draw 30-50 attendees, according to fifth-grade teacher Tessa Chen, who co-manages the program with third-grade teacher Tracy Grinberg.
The two teachers launched Loyola’s Kind Club this school year, following the example of the Oak Avenue School Kind Club.
Oak’s Kind Club was founded by sixth-grade teacher Valerie Hu and inspired by talk show host Ellen DeGeneres’ message of being kind to one another, Grinberg said.
Hu has left Oak and returned to her home state of Hawaii, where she has since established another Kind Club, Chen said. In the meantime, the two Kind Clubs in Los Altos continue to thrive.
Chen noted that there is also a Kind Club in Canada, and all of the clubs connect through Instagram.
At Loyola, fifth-grader Maximilian Weinkauf praised the Kind Club’s mission.
“It’s a lot of fun,” he said. “I love all of the club’s activities, and it’s always good to be kind to other people.”
Fifth-grader Rishi Gala agreed.
“We should give our love to people in need,” Rishi said. “We should not walk away from problems.”
Ashwin Itty, a Loyola fifth-grader, shared his reason for participating in the Valentine’s project for Hope’s Corner.
“I want to help people who don’t have money, so I’m making these bags and giving them messages of hope,” he said.
In the message filling the heart drawn on a lunch bag, fifth-grader Fabian Thomas wrote, “Believe in yourself!”
Fabian explained that the line is meant to tell the less fortunate that “things can be difficult, but they can get better.”