Scotland Elementary School hosted an assembly Feb. 27 to celebrate it being the first Ben\u2019s Bells pilot school in Ridgefield.Scotland was drawn to Ben\u2019s Bells\u2019 Kind Campus program because it promotes changing the culture of schools in positive ways.\u201cWe felt strongly that we wanted a program that would reach beyond educating only students,\u201d said SES parent and Ben\u2019s Bells\u2019 volunteer Patty Labozzo. \u201cKind Campus offers multiple opportunities that our building can explore that will bring the lessons directly to our larger Ridgefield community as we build on the mission of the Ridgefield public school system, to provide learning experiences for life. Our goal is to empower our students \u2014 and future global citizens \u2014 to further develop the kindness within themselves, and bring this kindness into their friendships, classrooms, families, community and more.\u201dAt the assembly, the first grade students put on a play based on the book, \u201cThe Recess Queen\u201d by Alexis O\u2019Neill.\u201cAs they acted out the scenes, we saw how detrimental bullying is, and how kindness and inclusion can stop and soften even the biggest bully,\u201d Labozzo said. \u201cThe students showed us how being kind is always the right thing to do and right thing to be.\u201dThe student council, organized by fifth grade teacher Amanda Pasquarella, spoke about Ben\u2019s Bells\u2019 Kind Campus, and what the students will expect to see and do in the near future as this program rolls out.All students had previously written a note on what kindness means to them, and a student from each grade read one meaning aloud. These kindness notes, shaped as the iconic Ben\u2019s Bells\u2019 flower, will be affixed to the SES tree mural for all to see and read.SES art teacher, Jen Zeyer will soon be working on a Ben\u2019s Bells\u2019 Kindness Mural.First Selectman Rudy Marconi also spoke to the students and staff. He explained the work the town has been doing to bring greater compassion to the Ridgefield community.\u201cHe told us how he and others are working and striving to make Ridgefield known as a \u2018compassionate town,\u2019\u201d Labozzo said.