Be Kind Belize was looking for the “Kindest Kid” in the community and students at primary school level were invited to nominate Kindness Ambassadors to represent their school. Students that have done acts of kindness were asked to be nominated for this award and after much nominations being entered it was narrowed down to four.
Nominations were posted online and the public was asked to vote for their favorite (anonymous) nominee. The idea behind the award was to acknowledge acts of kindness and reward them. Be Kind Belize wants to encourage the community to start to recognize our great kids so that they will be role models for future generations.
And on May 24, 2012, at the youth rally held at the Angel Nuñez Auditorium, Hon. Manuel Heredia had the honors of announcing the winners of this competition. San Pedro’s Kindest Kid was awarded to Mariano Calderon of Island Academy; runner-up was Faith Azueta of San Pedro R.C. School. Naomi King of Island Academy received the Be Kind Belize Choice Award.
Congratulations to Mariano, Faith and Naomi for being some of San Pedro’s Kindest Kids! Keep up the good job and encourage others to follow your footsteps in kindness.
Mariano Calderon, Naomi King and Faith Azueta
Mariano Calderon's Nomination -
He is not only an outstanding student, but human being. As his teacher I have him exhibit constant, humble, humility, while helping other students or offering to do jobs that no one else offers or wants to do. When things seem to have a negative impact on things which affect him, he is always positive with a ‘That’s OK’ response.
He constantly offers help without being asked, noticing when things need to be done without needing to be told. He gives of his knowledge, his possessions, his time and himself, consistently and completely. I’ve witnessed him donate money so friends wouldn’t go without, give up his turn in sports and help other students academically, just to name a few. He helps outside the home as well at his family business, volunteers at SAGA, and is always willing to peer tutor. I’ve had to move him up in vocabulary because he’s very bright, and when the Be Kind Belize programme was going on, he was constantly nominating others because he noticed their kind deeds. I wholeheartedly nominate him.
Faith Azueta's Nomination -
Kindness and honesty are some virtues that people should possess. Many at times people become boastful because of having or possessing more money or material things than others.
I know a person who is very kind, honest, loving and outgoing. She comes from a big family with six members. Families whom I can say have thought she about what she is and what her job here is on earth. She is a 10 year old girl that although she has all the commodities; she is always willing to share her luck and her things with others. I have seen her inviting other students for lunch at her house. She often buys things for her friends and other people whenever they are need of a helping hand. She is always showing people around her that they value a lot, she always brings small tokens for them, for example photocopies papers and even donuts. Her kindness is seen daily and whenever she gives out things you will never hear her saying ‘I gave you this so you need to give me that or do something for me’ or ‘ I give you things because you are poor and I am rich.’
There are also instances whereby she gives out things without people knowing what it is or making them know who gave it. As example of this will be clothing that she no longer uses. When she reaches to school she will leave her bag on her chair and then walk off to the class where she needs to deliver the stuff. All she says is ‘ I brought it for.’
She is a person with a huge heart. She has hopes that more people become kind and humble. She also hopes that someday there will be peace and love in the whole country.
Naomi King's Nomination -
Classified as a virtue, kindness is having positive outlooks and cheerful demeanour in order to inspire and give kindness to others. This lovely young lady, one of the candidates, outreaches the standards of the word kindness. Not only does she care about her immediate family, but she also shows empathy towards others who surround her. She has inspired many of her peers into making personal sacrifice and making positive decisions. She is a role model for younger students, since she shows leadership, quality and compassion which prevails over any undesired circumstances. She has been chosen by her peers, o be part of the competition, with much admiration and love.