Kindness Week has returned to my school and just in time for one of my #payitforward Tuesdays blog post. During the week of January 25-29, our school will focus on what it means to be kind. From programs and speeches to random acts of kindness, the students in my school are INTENTIONALLY showing kindness to others! Vanessa Wright, our truly wonderful and creative coordinator of Kindness Week, describes what we do. “We are simply telling kids to be kind and to look for opportunities to help others. We want to eradicate bullying before it begins and this is a wonderful preventative initiative. Several students will be participating in the recording of an original “kindness” song, and the school has applied to achieve the world record for the longest paper chain of kindness. Each time a student performs a random act of kindness, they will add a paper link to the chain. The chain will serve as a visual reminder to the students that even the smallest acts of kindness can have a huge impact.”
The Great Kindness Challenge was first held in August 2008 by Kids for Peace chapters in San Diego. The second Great Kindness Challenge took place on August 8, 2009, and involved at least 35 countries. The third annual Challenge, on August 14, 2010, reached 50 countries.
After the success of their global challenge, they were asked to create a challenge just for schools. In an effort to provide a positive anti-bullying tool, The Great Kindness Challenge-School Edition was created. Students dedicate one week to performing as many kind deeds as possible. This is the second year that my school has participated in the Great Kindness Challenge. TDuring this one week students are encouraged to perform as many acts of kindness as possible, choosing from a 50 item checklist. Of course, students are not limited to 50 item checklist. Any act of kindness counts!
This was our 2015 Kindness video written and sang by Lillyanne Beatty. Music is from Megan Trainor’s Lips Are Moving.
I would imagine that many of my readers are not working in a school as I am, or have children attending a school that is participating in this year’s event. That does not mean that you can’t extend the hand of kindness to others! Many of us often wonder what we can do to make a difference in the world, or in other people’s lives but don’t know where to start. The good thing is, acts of kindness don’t have to be a big production and they don’t always involve money. A warm smile, holding the door for someone, helping a neighbor with groceries – those are all things we can do to make someone’s day a little better.