Start preparing now for Random Acts of Kindness Day. This year, it’s on February 17, 2018!
Wondering what Random Acts of Kindness Day is? Here’s a little history…
Four years ago, I approached my children’s principal, and asked if we could talk about deepening a “culture of kindness” at school, which already existed long before my kids got there! We have fantastic administrators and teachers and amazingly generous families in our school community.
Instead of talking about anti-bullying as part of the school climate program, we agreed it would be more positive and beneficial for the students to talk about kindness, empathy and compassion and the importance of including others if you see someone alone on the playground, reaching out to a kid if you see they look sad, smiling at one another in the hallways, and being of service in the community through Random Acts of Kindness. We wanted to teach kids leadership and empowerment by uplifting, encouraging, helping others and to be stewards of one another’s spirits and to understand it’s never, ever ok to tear other people down.
We started by celebrating “Random Acts of Kindness Week” (a.k.a. RAK Week), created by the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation, every year during the first week of February, and the “Kindness Committee” was born. It was made up of parents who are passionate about these same topics.
The Kindness Committee is part of our local PTA (hint: you might have one of a similar or different name) and around here we would meet once a month to talk about activities that we can do both in the school and the community. Sometimes it would be a drive or collection (like a coat or food drive), and sometimes it’s a planned “Kindness Excursion” into the community (like making cards for Veterans) or attending an event or ceremony to honor others (veterans and other groups) and spend time with them and express our gratitude for their service, involvement or presence in our community.
My goal going forward is to get The Kindness Solution initiatives into other schools in our community of Fairfield, the state of Connecticut, and schools around the country.
There is a wealth of inspiring ideas that parents, PTA/O groups, teachers, and administrators can easily implement, and the great part is that they do not take much time at all. We need more everyday initiatives that have a positive, uplifting effect on everyone involved… and shows the kids a true first-hand experience of being leaders of their own lives and communities through kindness.
Download a past Toolkit here: (2017-RAK-WEEK-KIT) to help your school, club, or organization get started!