Upper grade Cubs participate in Garfield's Student Relations Council (HRC) under the direction of Advisor Linda Elia. HRC promotes positive inter-group relations and assistance in problem resolution on campus. They plan and facilitate activities and programs on campus that celebrate diversity and promote tolerance. This year HRC will focus on increasing staff and community awareness of their function within the school community and their goals.
Students are encouraged to write appreciation notes to teachers, staff, and each other. Once written, letters are delivered to recipients by the Principal. This activity fosters gratitude and kindness across the campus.
Mix It Up Day encourages students to identify, question, and cross social boundaries. Students are asked to move out of their comfort zone and connect with someone new. When students interact with those that are different than them, biases and misperceptions fall away.
World Kindness Day is celebrated annually on November 13th. Human Relations Council lead a special activity at morning recess in which students learned the power of a smile by practing in a mirror and thinking about how smiling can change a person's day. They also handed out bracelets to participating students.
HRC hosted the Great Kindness Challenge which was created and launched in 2011 by Kids for Peace, a global nonprofit based in Carlsbad, California. It has now expanded to all 50 states wtih over 10 million students participating. During the Great Kindness Challenge Garfield Cubs dedicated themselves to performing as many kind deeds as possible using a provided checklist. HRC worked together to unite all students in the spirit of kindness and respect.