A Little Kindness Goes A Long Way

The warm, welcoming environment at Briya Public Charter School, Mary’s Center’s partner in education, fosters a supportive community of students from over thirty countries around the world. On Random Acts of Kindness Day, February 17th, we celebrate the power of the love and care that Briya students provide to their classmates and teachers. Here are just a few examples of this everyday kindness:

·         When Greiby, a student in one of Briya’s Intermediate English classes had a baby, her classmates decided to throw her a baby shower. Everyone chipped in to buy food and decorations, and even asked the baby’s name ahead of time so it could be featured in the decorations. Some students volunteered to lead the celebration and others brought gifts. The celebration was truly special for Greiby and was a bonding opportunity for the class.

·         One of Briya’s PreK teachers is pregnant, and her students are so excited. They give her baby hugs by hugging her belly, tickle her belly to tickle the baby, and use toy stethoscopes to “listen to” the baby.

·         One day a PreK student, Jeisser, was upset and went to stand over by the classroom door. When his classmate Kimberly noticed, she pointed to him and said, “Sad” to her teacher. After the teacher helped her practice saying “What’s the matter?” she went over to Jeisser and asked. When he told her that he was upset because another classmate had taken his chair, Kimberly found his favorite toy and gave it to him to make him feel better.

·         Xenia, a Basic II English student, always helps the classmates who are sitting next to her. She volunteers as a leader in sweeping and cleaning the classroom, and serves as a student council representative for her class.




·         Once a week, Juana, a student in both Briya’s Two-Generation Program and Child Development Associate Program, brings in a delicious treat for staff in both the morning and in the evening. This treat is often homemade atol (a traditional cornstarch-based Central American hot drink) or hot chocolate, and she brings plenty for everyone to share. In spite of her busy schedule — working in an infant classroom in the morning, attending English classes in the afternoon, helping her children with homework and preparing their dinner, and attending CDA class in the evening — Juana consistently takes the time to make staff feel valued through these treats.

·         Amado, a Basic II English student, often makes coffee for his class, and he helps his classmates sign into class attendance on the computer every day. This is a big help to his teacher and fellow students.

What will you do to bring a little more kindness into the world today?  As the Dalai Lama says: “Be kind whenever possible. It’s always possible.”

About Briya Public Charter School

Briya PCS offers a Two-Generation Program where parents and young children learn at the same time. Adults gain English, parenting, and digital literacy skills while their young children prepare for school success in infant, toddler, and PreK classes across the hall. The school also offers a high school diploma and workforce development programs.

To learn more about how you can join the Briya family, visit or call 202-232-7777.

To make a medical or dental appointment at Mary’s Center, call 1-844-796-2797.

For behavioral health appointments, call 202-420-7122.


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