Wantagh’s Mandalay Students Spread Kindness With Compliments

Mandalay Elementary School second graders, from left, Charlotte Esposito, Reagan Warch, Luca Curcio, Lylah Altman and Nolan Bruno contributed to the “Compliments are priceless” display for World Compliment Day.

World Compliment Day was celebrated earlier this month, and at Mandalay Elementary School in the Wantagh School District it served as reminder about the kindness that should spread year-round.

Every student in the school was tasked with a writing compliment to a classmate. One a piece of paper resembling a gold coin, each child wrote a kind message starting with the prompt, “You are…” Guidance counselor Donna Shulman then took the completed coins and created a “Compliments are priceless” pot of gold display in the hallway.

“I like doing compliments because it tells people how much you care about them,” second grader Charlotte Esposito said.

Fourth graders, from left, Alfred Conforti, Lia Ventimiglia and Ella Farinacci put their finishing touches on each of their compliments to a classmate. (Contributed photos)

Charlotte is in Colleen O’Callaghan’s class, where students read aloud the compliments they wrote to each other before they were added to the school display.

Luca Curcio said compliments are a way to make other people happy, while Reagan Warch said the activity gave students a chance to express a feeling they might have been thinking, but didn’t know how to say.

–Submitted by the Wantagh School District

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