NBC's Today Show talks to RE students about kindness
Ransom Everglades Middle School students took center stage for a story on kindness that aired on NBC's Today Show on Oct. 3, discussing the importance of being kind during a classroom interview with correspondent Savannah Sellers that tugged on heart strings. "These children make you rethink all of what kindness is," NBC's Al Roker said.
Sellers spoke with nine students – Mia Bouyoucef ’25, Thomas Crowley ’24, Kaitlyn Gonzalez ’24, Tyira Jackson ’24, Zoe Katsoufis ’24, T.J. Malone ’25, Daniel Mendelson ’25, Francisco Gomez Rivas-Vazquez ’24 and Sindhu Talluri ’25 – in the middle school activities room on Sept. 22.
"Kindness is almost like this universal language that exists in every culture, every race, every religion," Bouyoucef said.
"It's doing the simple things to respect other people," Malone said.
The students responded to questions, and also commented on videos illustrating kind acts – such as one showing a track athlete helping an injured competitor across the finish line. "That is such an important thing to do, to take the effort to be kind," Jackson said.
"Being kind shouldn't be perceived as strong or weak, it should just be something that you do," Talluri said.
"If you see someone that is being bullied, it's easy to always walk away from it, but to be kind, and to help them, you need to be strong to go over there and make a difference," Mendelson said.
"If one person taught five people to be kind and those five people taught another five people to be kind, it would have a big effect," Katsoufis said.
The students also shared tips about how to be kind online. They advised following positive accounts and using social media to support others or causes they care about.
The segment was precipitated by a survey on kindness commissioned by NBC sponsor Nivea.
"They were angel children, for sure," Sellers said to her colleagues in the studio to conclude the segment. "It feels good, right?"
Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The mission of Ransom Everglades School is to provide an educational environment in which the pursuit of honor, academic excellence and intellectual growth is complemented by concern for the physical, cultural and character development of each student. The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.