Cllr Michael Hourigan, Mayor of the Metropolitan District of Limerick, with Principal of Ardscoil Mhuire Brid Herbert
ARDSCOIL Mhuire, Corbally, is the first school in Limerick to receive a Kindness Flag from Pay it Forward Limerick.
The flag was presented to the school yesterday and this presentation marked the launch of the Kindness Flag initiative, which Metropolitan Mayor of Limerick Cllr Michael Hourigan and TD Jan O’Sullivan attended.
Explaining the concept behind the flag, Dr Yoga Nathan of Pay It Forward said: “In promoting kindness we hope to change attitudes, build self-esteem and mental health resilience creating a sense of community cohesiveness.
“With this Kindness Flag initiative we are helping students appreciate the value of kindness and the profound positive impact acts of kindness can have on a the receiver and the giver. We hope that the year-long campaign required to attain the Flag will instil this ethos in them for life.”
Members of the army assisted students from Ardscoil Mhuire with the flag raising ceremony and were joined by a number of principals and teachers from the locality along with members of the Pay It Forward Committee.
The Kindness Flag aims to recognise a culture of kindness demonstrated consistently by an educational institution and its students and also to help students build self esteem and mental health resilience.
It is run by Pay It Forward Limerick – a community-based, voluntary, non-profit organisation that is working to promote Limerick as a city of kindness through policy, education and community initiatives.
Speaking at the launch, Ardscoil Mhuire principal Bríd Herbert said: “Over the last few years we’ve been proud supporters in the Pay It Forward movement. Our involvement has had a very positive impact on our culture so we were willing participants of the pilot scheme. The many activities our students have undertaken to attain the flag have helped them to look at themselves and draw out what is innately there.
“We are delighted their efforts have been recognised through the awarding of this flag. And I would highly recommend other schools in the region to start the process of applying for their Kindness Flag.”
Currently, Scoil Ide, St Munchin’s and Limerick Institute of Technology are in the process of applying for their Kindness Flag. Schools seeking further information about the flag can email email@example.com.