We Are The World Blogfest
It’s the last Friday of the month, which means it’s #WATWB time to share something inspirational about good deeds going on around the world to focus on positive happenings, deflecting some of the negativity in the world.
Sometimes the smallest of gestures can mean the world to someone. Today I’m sharing The Human Kindness Project, a Toronto based community kindness program for students where participating in various projects by kids in schools focus on various random acts of kindness which don’t require a lot of time or planning, but have the ability to make someone’s day.
These acts of kindness are performed by students, and there are different acts of kindness performed for different groupings of tasks for elementary, middle and high school students.
Elementary School Students
- Wave hello to a crossing guard
- Sit next to someone at lunch who you don’t usually talk to
- Start a conversation with a new student or with a classmate who seems lonely etc.
- Smile at 7 people
- Pick up a piece of garbage and throw it away
- Say “Thank you” to a crossing guard
- Think of something good you did today and pat yourself on the back
Middle School Students
- Ask students to perform an act of kindness for someone who helps them (e.g. cafeteria worker, teacher, crossing guard) and then write an essay describing their experience. They should include how it made them feel and the reaction of the person who received the kindness
- Choose a story with a kindness theme and read it aloud or individually. Discuss or write about how the characters felt when they did something nice or had something nice done for them
- Ask students to pick someone who has done something nice for them and write a thank you note (example: a tutor for helping them learn math facts, a nurse for bandaging an injury, etc.)
- Slip a gratitude note in your friend’s backpack
- Write a gratitude card and give it to someone who works at the school
- Swap one of your unhealthy snacks for a healthy snack
- Draw a picture and give it to someone you don’t know
- Carry your friend’s books or bag to class
- Learn to say “Hello” and “Thank you” in a new language (that someone speaks at your school)
Wherever there is a human being; there is an opportunity for kindness
— Lucius Annaeus Seneca
If you’d like to join into the #WATWB you can add your link to your post HERE. Your cohosts for this month are: Simon Falk, Andrea Michaels, Shilpa Garg, Sylvia Stein, Belinda Witzenhausen.