"Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly, and most underrated agent of human change."
Bob Kerry, former Governor of Nebraska
Being kind not only has a direct effect on others, but it also has a positive impact on the individuals who are sharing the act of being kind. Of course, being kind is pretty self-explanatory, but there are a variety of ways that it can be expressed, whether it is opening a door for someone, delivering a bouquet of flowers, or simply expressing a kind word or a compliment; kindness can have an enormous impact. It is one of the greatest attributes that anyone can possess and better yet, it doesn't need to cost a thing!
With this in mind, the SRDS administration worked with student groups (dubbed the "Kindness Committee") in order to host its first school wide Kindness Week this year. A variety of activities were introduced such as the "Appreciation Station" where notes were written and distributed to others to say thank you in appreciation for various reasons. There was a "Compliment and Encouragement Board" that featured pre-written compliments and encouraging sayings to be pulled off the wall and shared with others. The "Paper Chains" included ideas from students on how to spread kindness to others; it was assembled on the last day of the week and hung in the main hallway for everyone to see and be reminded that kindness shouldn't end after the week was done. Lastly, the photo station "Put the 'i' in Kind" was a stop outside of the cafeteria where students could strike a post and take a picture as a reminder that kindness always matters.
The week ended on Friday, February 14th -- Valentine's Day -- with a "Love and Kindness" lunch celebration hosted by the SRDS Parents Guild that included yummy ice cream Sundaes! Rebel Dog was on hand to give hugs and high fives to all his friends.
The week was a HUGE success with students of all ages as well as the faculty and staff who were reminded that being kind, indeed, goes a long way.
Have you been kind today?