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The first email begins with the writer saying, “This morning I saw something that does your school proud and I wanted to share it with you.”
December 7, 2017
Random Acts of Kindness
At Branksome, we believe our students are remarkable, kind and selfless—but when complete strangers go out of their way to comment on it—we know it’s true.

Wearing a uniform comes with certain responsibilities and when our students are off campus they are often recognized as Branksome girls. This recognition prompted two people to email our Principal, Karen Jurjevich, about witnessing random acts of kindness.

The subject lines say it all, “A shining example” and “kindness…” The first email begins with the writer saying, “This morning I saw something that does your school proud and I wanted to share it with you.”

“Travelling north on the Yonge subway line to Eglinton, a middle-aged woman in need was walking through the subway asking/pleading for help for food,” he recounted. “I could see your two students (I recognized the tartan) observing and discussing. One reached into a small change purse and the other into a small plastic bag containing coins,” he said. “Without reservation they offered their change to the woman.” The writer concluded his email by congratulating the students for their kindness.

A few weeks later, Ms Jurjevich received another unexpected email, this one also thanking our students for their kindness. “At the corner of Bloor and Sherbourne earlier this morning,” she wrote, “there was a gentleman of considerably diminished circumstances holding the door for customers at Tim Horton’s, in hopes of eliciting payment.”

“I was moved to see one of your girls, as she exited, ask the man if he needed a bagel, which I can only assume she’s purchased with him in mind,” she said. “He accepted and I wish to convey to this girl that her act of kindness had effect far beyond its intended recipient.”

With the season of giving and receiving upon us, she concluded by saying, “I personally needed to be reminded that there is still kindness in the world—and kindness does multiply.”

Thank you to these students for their thoughtful random acts of kindness.

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