Students, teachers and staff at Whittier High School were treated to thousands of free Chick-fil-A sandwiches as part of Kindness Week, an annual weeklong celebration aimed at uniting schools, communities and homes through random acts of kindness.
To demonstrate kindness to their classmates, the Whittier High Associated Student Body (ASB) signed up to participate in an outreach program hosted by the Chick-fil-A in the Whittwood Town Center.
Chick-fil-A parked its mobile truck at Whittier High on Feb. 13 and donated more than 3,000 sandwiches for students, teachers, staff and night custodians.
“Chick-fil-A is demonstrating great community generosity and so it’s appropriate that this takes place during our Kindness Week,” Whittier High ASB Kindness Commissioner True Herrera said. “Chick-fil-A helped us with the opportunity to make an impact with every student and staff member on our campus.”
The giveaway at Whittier High School was part of ASB’s larger service leadership campaign to demonstrate its primary mission of serving all students.
For the school year, ASB developed a Grant-A-Wish program in which students to grant and receive select wishes. The idea formed while ASB students participated in the California Association of Directors of Activities (CADA) summer camp at UC Santa Barbara.
“We created ASB Grant-A-Wish to give every Cardinal a chance to tell us what they wanted and, more importantly, to let us show how much we love them by granting as many wishes as we could,” ASB Kindness Commissioner Gabby Arredondo said. “We love our school and this is one way to give thanks.”
The week before assemblies, ASB sets up a booth where students can make wishes. The ASB Kindness Committee hears up to 350 wishes and decides which ones to grant.
Other wishes ASB has granted so far this year include Little Caesars pizza for 30 students, In N Out for a group of 20 seniors and Popeyes lunch for two freshmen. ASB students have also raised $250 for victims of hurricane disasters in North and South Carolina, hosted a Slip N Slide for students during lunch and given away sweatshirts and t-shirts to two students. A student also received a birthday serenade.