HelloHealthy | Fall 2019 3 Dignity Health – St. Joseph’s Medical Center has partnered with Stockton Unified School District (SUSD) to launch the Hello humankindness Student Ambassador Program, recognizing students who help spread kindness in their schools and community. The program is inspired by Dignity Health’s belief that acts of humankindness create powerful connections that strengthen the human spirit and bring people closer together. “Humankindness is alive in our youth and in our schools” says Sister Abby Newton, OP, Vice President of Mission Integration at St. Joseph’s. “We’re excited to hear and shine a light on the stories of kindness that will emerge from our schools as this program grows.” Each month, SUSD will select a student or students to receive the Hello humankindness Student Ambassador recognition. The selected students will be recognized by representatives from St. Joseph’s and will be featured in a video that highlights their act of kindness and how they go above and beyond to be kind. “The random and planned acts of kindness initiated by the students of Stockton Unified continue to warm our hearts,” says Shelley Spessard, PhD, SUSD Director of Marketing and Communications. “We are overwhelmed by the empathy our students have for one another and the world around them. The students of Stockton Unified are committed to changing the world through acts of kindness.” The first students to be recognized as Hello humankindness Student Ambassadors hail from Peyton Elementary School. Ms. Hien Nguyen’s Leadership Class of seventh and eighth graders has demonstrated kindness, compassion, and a true commitment to those in need in our community. Their many acts of kindness include hosting a school- wide fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, which raised more than $5,000. The students also collected more than 2,058 canned food items for the Stockton Emergency Food Bank and over 4,000 hygiene products for the Stockton Homeless Shelter. Kindness in action Visit StJosephsCares.org/StudentsAmbassadors to watch the inspiring story of our first round of Hello humankindness Student Ambassadors. Hello humankindness Student Ambassadors Honoring local students leading with kindness Sister Abby Newton, OP, Vice President of Mission Integration at Dignity Health – St. Joseph’s Medical Center, distributes award certificates to Hello humankindness Student Ambassadors.