Ben's Bells

Tortolita Middle School embraced kindness through art as they unveiled their school’s “Be Kind” mosaic art mural as part of the Ben’s Bells Project.

Students, parents, staff and community members gathered for a “Be Kind” mural celebration Jan. 7.

“We are extremely proud of the climate and culture evident at Tortolita Middle School and the addition of our mural symbolizes our student’s commitment to kindness,” said Brian Paradise, Tortolita Middle School associate principal. “Our students take pride in showing our community the importance of kindness, respect and building positive relationships.”

The celebration included hot cocoa and cookies, performances by the school’s TMS Jazz Band, and a variety of food selections from food trucks.

Ben’s Bells murals serve as a visual reminder to “be kind.” They symbolize community connection and support through kindness while adding beauty to the community. Murals are located across southern Arizona and Connecticut at schools, businesses and community areas. 

Each mural includes handmade ceramic tile, recycled donated tile and mirror chunks so the viewer can look into the mural and feel empowered to be the one who can choose to “be kind.”

Tortolita is the 10th school in the Marana Unified School District to add a personalized mural on their school campus.

Ben’s Bells is a program that aims to promote kindness throughout the local community and world through the creation and distribution of handmade bells. Its mission is to “inspire, educate, and motivate people to realize the impact of intentional kindness, and to empower individuals to act according to that awareness, thereby strengthening ourselves, our relationships and our communities”. 

Ben’s Bells began in 2003 after tragedy struck the life of founder Jeannette Maré. The nonprofit began as coping mechanism after the death of her young son and has grown to “a countrywide expression of love and support.”

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