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Airdrie kindergarten students initiate former Calgary Flames captain as ‘kindness ninja’

Former Calgary Flames captain Lanny McDonald visited kids at Airdrie's Windsong Heights School on Monday, Feb. 3, 2020.
Former Calgary Flames captain Lanny McDonald visited kids at Airdrie's Windsong Heights School on Monday, Feb. 3, 2020. Global News

Former Calgary Flames captain Lanny McDonald and kindergarteners at Airdrie’s Windsong Heights School are on a mission to spread kindness.

Teachers at the school created the Kindness Ninja program nearly four years ago to encourage students to be contributing citizens who benefit the world by doing good deeds.

McDonald visited the school on Monday as its “kindness expert of the month,” explaining to the children how and why he gives back to the community before taking the kindness pledge.

Former Calgary Flames captain Lanny McDonald stopped at Airdrie’s Windsong Heights School on Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, to become a kindness ninja.
Former Calgary Flames captain Lanny McDonald stopped at Airdrie’s Windsong Heights School on Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, to become a kindness ninja. Global News

Students initiated the hockey star as a kindness ninja — wrapping a red headband on him — with teachers saying they prepared gifts for McDonald to deliver to other children as his first kindness mission.

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“They’re all these little ninja kindness warriors that show people that they can be kind and make it a better place for all of us,” McDonald said.

“Hopefully, I can live up to what these little kids are showing the rest of the different classrooms and the school and the rest of the world.”

Former Calgary Flames captain Lanny McDonald stopped at Airdrie’s Windsong Heights School on Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, to become a kindness ninja.
Former Calgary Flames captain Lanny McDonald stopped at Airdrie’s Windsong Heights School on Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, to become a kindness ninja. Global News

The kids collected 96 purple blankets for Calgary’s less fortunate in an initiative called Blankets of Hope, according to teachers.

“They’re trying to teach them to be nice to each other and nice to people [who are] less fortunate,” McDonald said. “They have a purple blanket program where they give out these royal blankets to the homeless.”
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Former Calgary Flames captain Lanny McDonald visited kids at Airdrie’s Windsong Heights School on Monday, Feb. 3, 2020.
Former Calgary Flames captain Lanny McDonald visited kids at Airdrie’s Windsong Heights School on Monday, Feb. 3, 2020. Global News

Teachers explained that the ninjas sent McDonald a video, which prompted the in-person visit.

“We couldn’t be happier to be a part of it,” McDonald said.