Sinestro the Jester, Mikey Casey and Jared Nadin with Martinstown primary school students at the Pay It Forward Limerick event at King John’s Castle | Pictures: Zoe Conway/ilovelimerick
FOR the first time ever, 13 schools and colleges were presented with Kindness Flags by Pay It Forward Limerick at a special ceremony in King John’s Castle.
One playschool, six primary schools, five secondary schools and one college were presented with a Kindness Flag for consistently demonstrating a culture of kindness by the school and the students.
Martinstown NS in Kilmallock, Our Lady Queen of Peace NS, Crecora NS, Caherdavin Boys School, Scoil na Trionoide Naofa in Doon, St Nessan’s NS, Castletroy College, Villiers, Crescent Comprehensive, Coláiste Nano Nagle and Limerick Institute of Technology were presented with their flags for the first time.
The Kindness Flag initiative for schools and colleges was launched in 2016 with Ardscoil Mhuire, Corbally the first school in Limerick to receive the Kindness Flag, followed in 2017 by Scoil Íde and St Munchin’s College.
Since then the initiative has grown from strength to strength as well as outside the Limerick region. St Genevieve’s, a girl’s secondary school in Belfast who could not attend the ceremony, received its award in absentia as did Cute and Clever Play School, Lisnagry.
“Given the world that we do live in and the mental health and wellbeing challenges to young people, the concept of kindness flags is truly encouraging,” Mayor of the City and County of Limerick Stephen Keary said.
“To think that 13 education institutions around Limerick will have flags flying that effectively say ‘We do kindness particularly well here’ is heart-warming.”
“Yes, we want leaders, yes we want entrepreneurs, we want people to be successful in life but if all those things can be achieved by people who have kindness as one of their core principles, we will be living in a better world.”
At the Kindness Flag presentation ceremony, 11 more schools committed to applying for their Kindness Flags in 2019, bringing a total of 24 schools in the Limerick, Clare and Tipperary region involved in the initiative.