Students at Enchanted Hills Elementary School are partnering with a Rio Rancho Starbucks location to help spread kindness through the City of Vision.
EHES fifth grade teacher Amy Villanueva got an idea from Tik Tok to have her students decorate Starbucks cup sleeves with positive and inspirational messages. EHES principal Jennifer Bartley liked the idea and decided it’s something the entire school should do.
“It’s really important to us to kind of build relationships and have a good sense of community,” Villanueva said. “And for us, it’s showing our students that it’s good for us to do things for other people. Be kind, pass the message along and develop relationships with everyone in our community.”
Students spent last week decorating more than 1,000 cup sleeves that will be distributed with hot drinks Aug. 24 at the Starbucks on Southern and Unser. That day is also the busiest of the year for Starbucks as the beloved pumpkin spice latte returns to the menu.
“It’s their busiest day of the year, and they thought what better way to roll out their PSL campaign than with messages from kids in our own local community,” Villanueva said. “Since it’s their busiest day, it was a perfect time for us to do this.”
The Starbucks at 1810 Southern Blvd. will be serving up PSLs and kind messages from 4:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 24.
“We want everyone in the community to know how special these kids are, how much they care about each other, about our community as a whole,” Villanueva said. “We want them to know that we just want to spread kindness. We want everyone to pass it on. If one person did one kind thing and we just kept it going, it would continue on and on and on.”