“You can’t sit with us.” A notorious quote that summarizes most middle school and high school student culture, but with the help of the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation, schools are quickly changing student life into a more positive, happy environment.
Schools like the Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen are encouraged by RAK to teach kindness and positivity in the classroom. Students are taught to do acts of kindness around the school and home, and because of the positive encouragement, teachers have seen a distinct change in the way the children treat one another.
“I would say that it’s become a part of our fabric,” said Dan Cohen, director at Rocky Mountain. “It’s definitely part of our culture now. I would say most importantly we see a day to day culture of kindness in the way that kids stick up for others, in the way they stick up for what’s right, and it’s been this shift in happiness.”
The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation is a non-profit organization that focuses on “helping everyone create a better world by spreading awareness and increasing engagement in kind actions.” The foundation hosts several “Pay It Forward” projects that local schools participate and record the impact at their school.
Star Elementary School is another school that participates in kindness activities by hosting a Kind Kids Club in their first grade classroom. The kids are encouraged to do ten random acts of kindness to join, and participate in school-wide kind activities.
Star Elementary was the winner of the 2014 Kindness Challenge after making capes for the kindergarten class at their school and making and hiding bookmarks in the school library to promote positivity.
“I do this because I feel it’s so important for the kids to understand what it means to be kind to one another. Not only are the academics important to me; that emotional, social growth is extremely important,” said Marceen Farsakian, teacher and one of the leaders of the Kind Kids Club.
Kindness Projects are not only limited to elementary schools, as the RAK website hosts kindness ideas for all ages including college and teachers, inspiring us all to be kind to one another and make a difference in our community.