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Hold Kindness Story Time once a week, during which students and teachers can share stories of kindness from their lives. Students could practice writing and drawing skills by preparing their stories before and during class. There could also be an interactive discussion afterwards, including brainstorming about how the class could perform a kindness activity, reflecting about how kindness has made a difference and scanning the news for types of kindness stories.
Put a large blank banner in the entryway to the school and invite students from all grade levels, teachers, administrators, parents and other community members to write their kindness stories on it. Students can then present the finished banner to the principal, display it at a local establishment or post it in the classroom as a reminder of the positive effects that kindness has on all people.
Put up "Kindness Zone" signs at the entrances to your school and classroom to remind people to remember to practice Random Acts of Kindness.
Hold a "Kindness Card Day." Everyone in the class writes something nice about someone else on a card. Distribute the cards and spend time reading what others wrote.
Have the students write a kindness note to all relatives and special friends letting them know why they are so special.
Start a Random Acts of Kindness Club and commit to doing at least one random act of kindness per week. Tell the class of your activities and outcomes.
Have your principal start each day with a reading about kindness over the intercom.
Have classrooms create a kindness quilt for display at the school, in a shopping mail or at the mayor's office. Each student draws a kindness picture on a patch and then asks a group of parent volunteers to assemble the quilt. If multiple quilts are made, they can be distributed to children's hospitals and homeless shelters.
Have the students create an alphabetical list of easy Kindness activities together. For instance:
A: I pet a friendly Animal.
B: I Brought my laundry to the washroom.
C: I helped a person Carry something.
...X: I gave someone in my family an eXtra hug.
Then make up a Kindness page on bright paper with the A - Z activities listed on it. As the students complete each Kindness activity, they can tell about it and punch out that letter with a hole punch (with help if needed). When the students punch out their letters completely, they get their names on a bulletin board with perhaps a quote from them about why Kindness is important or about how their Kindness activities made them feel.
Start a "sticker campaign" to spread kindness. Staff members and teachers can pick up stickers each Monday as they sign in, then give them to kids they observe doing a Random Act of Kindness, telling them exactly what they did to earn the sticker. The kids can them give their stickers to someone else in the community that they see committing a Random Act of Kindness.
Make individual "check lists" for students during RAK Week encouraging each student to complete some or all of the random acts of kindness gestures listed. Activities could include: picking up litter, smiling and saying thank you to the bus driver and doing anything else that is kind.
Try a "Pizza Kindness Kids" event, where each child gets a kindness pizza divided into sections. When they do a random act of kindness for someone, they get that person's signature on that one section. When all kids in the class have completed their kindness pizzas, they get a pizza party.
Put photos of kind acts in hearts on classroom or hallway walls. After a few months of display, donate the display to local hospitals or shelters.
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