kids for kindness

The South Elementary Kids for Kindness club met for the first time Oct. 18 and have already raised $500 for a local 9-year-old cancer patient.

MOORESVILLE – In a world where they can be anything, South Elementary School counselor Kathi Landis and parent Lyndsie Cottone want students to be kind.

Landis and Cottone are advisers for a new school club called Kids for Kindness.

The club met for the first time at South Oct. 18, and Landis said kids “really were not ready to leave when it was over.”

“The time just flew by,” she said. “It is so inspirational and refreshing to see kids excited about helping others.”

For their first project, the approximately 35 club members made string art hearts and sold them at the Nov. 3 Davidson Farmers Market.

Cottone said the students raised $500 for the Pounding for Parker Foundation, which was started in honor of Huntersville third-grader Parker Cowherd to raise money for pediatric cancer research.

Parker was diagnosed with a rare glioneuronal tumor called DOGLT in 2015, and there is no known cure.

Allison Cowherd – who founded Pounding for Parker with her husband, Jon – said the Kids For Kindness event was “such a fun project.”

“They got so into the art,” Allison said. “They did string art, painting. And the artwork they created was really incredible.”

In the future, the Kids For Kindness club will be packing meals for local families, volunteering at the Mooresville/Lake Norman Christian Mission Turkey Trot and singing at local nursing homes.

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