Foothill High senior Kristine Okereke promoted kindness for her Girl Scout Gold Award project, bringing speakers to her campus over three Fridays in February, sponsoring an art and writing contest, and planting a tree, Feb. 21, to memorialize acceptance and diversity.

Okereke’s speakers included Tyron Jackson of Operation Warm Wishes; Cora Campbell, a disability advocate; and Rabbi Peter Levi of the Anti-Defamation League.  Students were invited to the talks via flyers and campus radio broadcasts. 

Once the tree was firmly planted by Foothill’s maintenance department, students were invited to write messages on tags and attach them to the tree.  Okereke hopes the tree will continue to remind students and the community of the importance of being kind.

Kristine Okereke shovels a final scoop of mulch on the Kindness Tree, planted Feb. 21 at Foothill High.

Girl Scout brings Kindness Project to Foothill High