Transcript: For Tucson Schools, Kindness Becomes a Work of Art

From below, hands apply small metal rectangles to a brick wall.

ON SCREEN TEXT:           Tucson, Arizona

ADULT: So I feel like that's pretty good. I would do it that way.

From close up, a hand adjusts one of the rectangular metal shapes on the wall.

One hand applies white paint to a small oblong surface, which already has a thick coating of paint.

Three people stand at the brick wall. One of them applies a rectangle. We now see the rectangles make up parts of the letters of one word: "kind."

ADULT: It's a community effort to create these murals.

A hand presses itself flat against one rectangle.

ADULT: Better?

A blonde-haired person applies thinner rectangles around the word, which form a kind of artistic outline. On the person's shirt reads "@dogoodlive volunteer."

A large LCD display features on the bottom half of a school sign. It reads "Grijalva Elementary School" next to a drawing of a bear.

SEBASTIAN: Grijalva Elementary School.

A palm tree sways in the breeze.

MEGAN: We're in a really great community on the Southside of Tucson, Arizona.

ON SCREEN TEXT:           Megan Chavez

                                           Grijalva Elementary School - Principal

A child smiles, their face resting on outstretched hands that form a "V."

MEGAN: We've got a really diverse population.

From farther away, we see the full mural on the wall. It reads "be kind" and is outlined by a flowery, six-sided shape.

SEBASTIAN: We're making a thing. It says "be kind."

ON SCREEN TEXT:           Sebastian

                                           First Grader

SEBASTIAN: This school is about sharing, being kind, and... and having fun.

Children stand in a line while an adult takes a photo on their phone. They wear colored uniforms of red, white, and blue.

MEGAN: We've got about 550 students, and many of them have experienced some sort of trauma.

A hand strikes a small metal object on a larger rectangular piece, splitting it into two even parts.

LAYLA: It's, like, spreading out, like, love and stuff.

ON SCREEN TEXT:           Layla

                                           First Grader

A child smiles for the camera. A small gold earring sits in their left ear.

MEGAN: I wanted kids to be intentional and see there are so many ways that we can be kind, and they're little, and it doesn't take very much from us...

A hand applies thick strips of glue to the back of a rectangle. Another person applies one of the metal shapes to the wall.

MEGAN: But it really brightens somebody else's day.

A time-lapse of the brick wall shows dozens of people making progress on the mural. The letters filled in, they go to work on outlining each letter in silver metal pieces.

ON SCREEN TEXT:           Ben's Bells, a non-profit focused

                                           on inspiring kindness, installs murals

                                           as a part of its mission.

ON SCREEN TEXT:           UnitedHealthcare donated $10,000 to

                                           create murals at two Tucson schools,

                                           to reinforce the connection between

                                           kindness and childhood adversity.

A well-dressed adult speaks in front of the mural as people work on it. A green ladder rests at the center of the action.

ON SCREEN TEXT:           Joe Gaudio

                                           UnitedHealthcare - Community Plan of Arizona, CEO

JOE: Our kids face many, many challenges these days growing up, and these can lead to what we call adverse childhood experiences, which impact a child's health outcome over the course of their life...

A small, green-painted piece of wood represents the mural in miniature form. It also reads "be kind."

JOE: And a simple act of kindness, especially coming from another child, can help.

A small dedication on the brick wall appears in a flower-shaped, green-painted plaque. It reads "2019" and "Sponsored by UnitedHealthcare" in black lettering on yellow strips.

JOE: It really reinforces the notion of, "It takes a village."

An adult applies glue to a shape as they stand on the ladder.

ADULT: For real, right? You know, it's--it's not something I get to do every day.

A giant aquamarine sign reads "Ochoa Community School." Under the lettering, a digital display also reads "Ochoa."

Another adult applies glue to a shape. While kneeling, a young adult takes a small tool to a piece of ceramic, breaking it into triangular shards.

ADULT: To add a little glimmer, which is really nice.

A close-up of another small green-painted plaque on the brick wall reads "Sé Amable," which has been finger-drawn into the shape before it dried.

ADULT: With these murals, we've actually had some of the students create the tiles that'll be installed on there.

A close-up of another portion of the wall reveals a busy collage of large ceramic shards. Green and blue hearts, circles, leaves, and flowers appear on the top half, while browner rectangular pieces appear on the bottom. At the border between the two is a series of leaves which read, one at a time, "What does kindness mean to you?"

A small green-painted flower shape reads "be kind."

ADULT: They stamped them and molded them with their hands, because it really feels like a tangible sense of magic to have that collective effort and physically putting things, gluing things on the wall.

A time-lapse shows half a dozen adults going to work on the busy collage. The collage is revealed over time to be a tree, the brown pieces representing branches.

Three pairs of blue-gloved hands mix green dye into a sludgy brown substance.

White-shirted adults scrub the now-green substance over the large "be kind" mural we saw at the beginning, covering it in a neon sheen.

A close-up shows the green-soaked sponge scrubbing at the mural.

ADULT: When we start wiping it off, that's-- that's really one of the best parts, because it just jumps out at you. It's everybody's mural.

A child gasps. Other children look at the mural next to them.


ADULT: What does it say?

CHILD: Sé amable!

The adult who's been speaking, a mural helper with a baseball cap, beard, and apron, speaks in front of the mural to the line of children.

ADULT: What does "sé amable" mean in English?

CHILDREN: Be kind!

The screen flashes white as if a camera shutter has gone off. A photograph of the finished mural appears on a background of green-painted hearts and leaves. The mural is a green-and-brown tree, made up of hundreds of smaller, hand-painted pieces. At the top of the tree, inside the leafy area, reads "Ochoa" in black.

Flash to the first mural of the event: the finished "be kind" flower, now a vibrant green, with black-and-silver lettering and small, hand-painted leaves of various shades of green and brown dotting the mural. "Grijalva" appears in black at the top.

Blue text displays on a white screen. A silver-ringed, solid-blue "U" appears as the UnitedHealthcare logo.

ON SCREEN TEXT:           UnitedHealthcare®