The Albany County District Attorney’s “WORDS” campaign recently visited Boght Hills Elementary, an outreach program that travels to schools and presents about how words can either hurt or heal. As a follow-up, the DA’s office encouraged students to participate in random acts of kindness with an emphasis on the WORDS theme. Participants are then asked to submit the act of kindness via artwork, photo, or video.
Following the Boght Hills presentation, fourth grade student Grace Teson wrote an essay about how she organized a get-together for her friend whose grandmother had just died, to try and lift her spirits. Teson’s essay was selected as Albany County’s weekly winner and is now in the running to be the monthly award winner.
Teson says the WORDS campaign presentation reinforced what she tries to do every day; use her words and actions to help.
“If you ever do see anybody getting bullied, you need to be an upstander and stick up for them,” said Teson.