A few weeks ago, we attended the Jr. Beta Convention in Hot Springs, AR, and I was very impressed with all those 10-12-year-olds and how supportive and gracious they were. I have never seen so many young people being so encouraging to one another. I never heard a negative comment or snide remark. What I did observe time and time again were complete strangers stopping each other in the hallways, convention rooms, and even bathrooms to tell one another how well they had done in the various competitions. And make a new friend at the same time. All of these interactions were acts of kindness and good character and I thought it a fitting way to introduce today’s post.
Today is National Random Acts of Kindness Day. It is the culmination of Random Acts of Kindness Week #RAK2017. It was started by Josh de Jong of New Zealand and is promoted by the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation who believe in the power of kindness and are dedicated to providing resources and tools to encourage it. As Aesop is quoted as saying, “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”
Presley’s Middle School has chosen to promote KINDNESS for the month of February and has presented the students with a “Kindness Challenge” for the month. The students are encouraged to perform small acts of kindness each week such as sharing something with a friend, opening the door for someone, donating something they don’t use any more, or doing a chore without being asked. Those who do will be rewarded at the end of February with an extra recess and a “kindness bracelet”. They have also held a poster competition to promote KINDNESS and are displaying the posters throughout the school. This is what Presley’s poster looked ike:
I’m not sure whose idea this was or if a particular school group/club is responsible for it, but I think it’s a great idea! Our society today is often so wrapped up in “Me, Me, Me” that we overlook everyone else and their problems or triumphs. Asking the students to take a moment to think about and be nice to others is a great way to take that first step toward building good character.
I think it’s wonderful that this challenge was issued to students the week following the Jr. Beta Convention where I was so impressed with the “kindness” of the participants. Presley presented a speech (see post here) on how to take Beta “Above and Beyond”. Her idea was to start small with acts of kindness and encouragement to her fellow students in order to increase her Beta club’s membership so they would have the “manpower” to perform more services for the school and community. I think that kindness month/day is a good place to start. You can participate too by doing nice things throughout the day and post on social media using #RandomActsOfKindnessDay.