Gan Eng Seng scouts receive Kindness award for thanking nurses, cleaners

Students from Gan Eng Seng School receiving their award at the ceremony.
Students from Gan Eng Seng School receiving their award at the ceremony.ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

SINGAPORE - They did a survey and found that nurses, cleaners and construction workers were the least appreciated workers in Singapore.

To remedy this, the scouts from Gan Eng Seng School collected thank-you notes from the public to these workers and compiled them into scrapbooks, which they gave to these workers.

On Friday, the scouts from the secondary school were amongst those who received the Kindness Badge gold award at the Kindness Awards, which is held by the Singapore Kindness Movement.

The Awards, which marks its 25th anniversary this year, held a ceremony on Friday at the Golden Village cinema at Vivocity. More than 1,800 guests attended the event.

Awards in two categories were given out.

The Friend of Singa award, also into its 25th year, recognised students from 169 schools for their efforts in creating and carrying out kindness-related projects.

The Kindness Badge award, given out for the second year, honoured students from various uniformed groups across 33 schools for completing tasks that encouraged kindness, with 17 schools receiving a gold award.

"Holistic education encompasses more than just the academic and co-curricular aspects of our schools. It is also important that values are inculcated during the formative years in schools, at home or even by the broader community," said Parliamentary Secretary for Education, Associate Professor Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim, who gave out the prizes.

"It is particularly encouraging to see students as young as those in primary schools, working together to make the community a kinder and better place," he added.

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