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Keeping An Eye On Kindness

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Students are used to be rewarded for getting good grades, but at one Bismarck school they're getting rewarded for kindness.

<<He's watching kids like a hawk, keeping an eye on their every kind deed.

His yellow feathers show a students kind deeds, the blue ones are for those caught in the act.

"It's trying to make a better community of our school and it works where if you do something kind then you fill out a feather and give it to your teacher and she'll put it up here on the hawk for the whole school to see and it's really fun, it's a fun way to be kind to each other," Graycin Wanzek said.

The hawk is all part of what teachers learned from a study, focusing on the 40 assets students need in order to be more successful.

"And created a project for each month where we would look at a different asset for students to focus on and in February we did reading for pleasure because it was reading month and it's a very important skill for students at school to be reading," Principal Linnett Schmidkunz said.

This month all eyes are on kindness.

"It's a reminder that we should be kind to each other all the time, kind of cool because it shows the whole school and whose being kind," Wanzek said.

Whether it's reading or kindness, students are seeing the benefits this hawk brings to the school.

"It makes the school a better school, so everybody can read more or be kinder to other people," Hannah Tollefson said.

"I think it's good to have it so it can make you a better person, to read better and to be more, I'm not saying you're not kind but be kinder," Kendra Thompson said.>>

The hawk won't retire at the end of March.

In April the asset students will focus on is decision making.

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