Now that the holidays are behind us, let’s not let the mindset of donating and volunteering slip away. Encourage your students to abide by the mantra “kindness starts with me.” Explain to them that even the simplest gestures such as a smile and a thank you go along way, and maybe just by drawing someone a picture they will be brightening that person’s day.
There are things they can be doing right now that will make a huge impact on others. Reading with an elderly family member and helping a sibling with homework are just a few. Furthermore they can donate old blankets and towels to the local animal shelter, offer to help a teacher, or make greeting cards to send to soldiers overseas.
When reflecting on acts of kindness that I witnessed in 2012, the following top two stories came to mind. I’m hoping that this year will be filled with many more memories:
You may have seen this image or heard this story somewhere. It’s a great example of how one person can make a huge difference with a little act of random kindness and compassion.
One of the biggest acts of kindness that the entire country witnessed this past year was when volunteers helped Hurricane Sandy victims. People from all over the country jumped in to help those affected by this monstrous storm, from packing up their cars with supplies, to tearing down dry wall in damaged homes, and making food to hand out. This outpouring of support was a great way for students to see kindness in action.
Have you witnessed a random act of kindness that you would like to share with us? If so, post them on our wall!