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February 5, 2018
The week of February 12th is Random Acts of Kindness Week (RAK). The week is celebrated by individuals, schools, and communities nationwide to encourage acts of kindness. At Lawrence, we will be celebrating by creating a permanent large scale kindness tree mural in the cafeteria that showcases kind acts that students and staff observe. We have a Kindness Catcher set up in the main office for staff and students alike to submit moments in which folks have gotten caught being kind. We are also leading whole class lessons on kindness, highlighting books that focus on acts of kindness, starting each morning with quotes about kindness and empathy, and much more! During this week, and beyond, we invite you to continue having conversations at home about kindness.
Here are some prompts that may be helpful:
What does kindness mean to you?
What does kindness look like?
What does kindness feel like?
What is one kind act that you witnessed today?
What is one kind thing that you did for someone else today?
What is one kind thing that you did for yourself today?
Here is a list of some of our favorite random acts of kindness:
Donate your talents
Send paper thank you notes
Be empathic - really try to put yourself in the other person’s shoes
Donate old clothes, toys, to others
Hold the door open for someone
Let someone else have your seat on the crowded bus, T, etc.
Make a family member breakfast in bed
Do a 5K for a good cause
Smile at others
Recycle things that you see in the road
Let someone go in front of you in line
Shovel a neighbor’s driveway when it snows
Try to find goodness in others even when that is hard
Volunteer as a family
Water a neighbor’s flowers
Be kind to yourself
Share - even if you don’t want to
Be happy for others
Help someone carry something
Spread the goodness - let others know that you are on a mission to spread kindness and it may inspire them to do the same
Send your Guidance team an email letting us know how you celebrated RAK and how your express kindness in your family throughout the year. We’re hoping to share some ideas back with the community so please let us know in your email if you’d like us to share your idea with the Lawrence community.
Chloe Wheaton K-3 Guidance - Chloe_wheaton@psbma.org
Alissa Ovadia - 4 & 5 Guidance - Alissa_ovadia@psbma.org
Here are some book suggestions, many of which we have in our Lawrence Library:
We hope that with this positive momentum we can create a ripple effect of kindness and empathy toward those within our school community and beyond.
Let’s Spread Kindness,
Lawrence School Guidance Department