PUPILS from a Hampshire school are spreading kindness with a heartfelt campaign.

From reading to the elderly in nursing homes and helping pick up litter to recycling and being kind to their peers, the pupils at Boundary Oak School in Fareham are learning about kindness, awareness of others and how to give a helping hand to those who need it.

The 'pay it forward' campaign launched earlier this year and sees staff and pupils responding to acts of kindness by being kind to three other people in return.

Now teachers say it is helping make significant improvements in the local community - as well as teaching the pupils about how to be kind to each other.

Head teacher James Polansky said:

“We are very excited about this campaign with the help of staff, pupils and their families. Boundary Oak School is the perfect platform to push such a heart-warming, family-orientated message and one which is central to our core values.

It is a great way of bringing everyone together within the school and connecting with the local community in a positive way.”

Among other planned community activities are collecting toys to the local children’s hospital, spending time with the elderly in local nursing homes, raising funds for much needed local charities such as Two Saints homelessness charity, and generally spreading kindness and positivity around the local area.

Yasmin Thomas, Head Girl at Boundary Oak School, said: “We are all really excited about Pay it Forward, it’s a really good idea and will spread happiness. As pupils, we will have a sense of pride to know that we have helped someone who needs it.

It teaches all of us that, however old we are, no matter what we think people can be going through things in their lives that we may not know about and some kindness could make all the difference to their situation or how they are feeling. “