Random Act of Kid-ness: Teen Olympian Rises Above Bullies

This week’s Random Act of Kid-ness comes to us from London, where 18 year old Zoe Smith stood up to bullies on Twitter and rose above negative and hurtful comments. Zoe is an Olympic weightlifter who was bullied along with her teammates for being unfeminine and unattractive for having too many muscles. Zoe said:

“The obvious choice of slander when talking about female weightlifting is how they’re unfeminine and girls shouldn’t be strong or have muscles. This is wrong. Maybe they’re right — in the Victorian era. To think people still think like this in 2012 is laughable!”

Zoe Smith Weightlifter

We are proud of Zoe for believing in herself and for having the POWER to stay strong- physically and emotionally. You can read more about her story here.

Speaking of power… can you use YOUR power to give the gift of play to 2,500 students?

The Zimmer Children’s Museum believes that every child has the power to make this world better. At the Zimmer, it is our mission to help children realize what their powers are and how to use them to make a difference. Early childhood educators and pediatricians alike recognize the power of play in developing a child’s sense of self and understanding of how they fit into the world. In addition, though, on a visit to the Zimmer Children’s Museum, students explore exhibits and programs that focus on giving back, kindness and compassion, and cultural sensitivity. These programs highlight how children may put their own power into action — learning to be heroes to their friends, communities, and planet.

We hope you will put your power into action to help us reach our $25,000 goal to support field trips to the museum this school year. For just $10, you can sponsor a Head Start student’s visit to the Zimmer. $100 gives 10 students this meaningful learning experience. $250 sponsors an entire field trip for a Head Start class. Please be a hero of the Zimmer Children’s Museum by making a contribution and by telling your friends how easy it is to help create a more compassionate tomorrow.

Because the world can never have enough heroes.

If you can help, please donate here. THANK YOU!

Random Act of Kid-ness: Game that Grants a Wish

Random Acts of Kid-ness are not necessarily about specific kids who are help making the world a better place. Every so often, we highlight tools that might help kids learn random acts of kindness, and today we’re doing just that.

For this week’s Random Act of Kid-ness, we feature a partnership between the nonprofit charity, Wish Upon A Hero, and the Facebook game, A Better World. A Better World is a free game that focuses on encouraging people to do good deeds. Players can create characters, play games, care for pets, and much more, but the way the players progress in the game is by doing kind things for others, both inside and outside of the virtual game. The charity Wish Upon a Hero wants to grant a wish for Gracie’s Place, a special needs school for children. Gracie’s Place wants a new transport van to assist more children and families in need.

Through this partnership, people can sign into A Better World and visit the Sanctuary of Hope section of the game. Players can post a dream or hope, or support those of others. If 100,000 hopes are posted or supported, ToonUps (the creator of the game) will answer the wish of Gracie’s Place in order to help them fulfill the hopes and dreams of these special needs kids. ToonUps Vice President of Product Development, Gregory Hansell, says:

“Our players are absolutely extraordinary in their support and desire to do the right thing. We’re excited that this month, our players can make real world dreams come true for special needs children by sharing their own hopes and dreams inside the game.”

You can read a lot more about this story and how you can help grant a wish by playing A Better World here.

Do you know of other fun games that promote random acts of kindness? Share them below!