Random Act of Kid-ness: Early Act First Knight

This week’s Random Act of Kid-ness comes to us from Houston, TX where students at Whitcomb Elementary School became knighted for their good character. Through a new program at the school called Early Act First Knight,  students learn good citizenship how to be role models. If they show good citizenship at the end of the school year, they get recognized during a knighting ceremony. Fourth grader Joshua Vargas said:

“It’s kind of taking care of your stuff, your school, stuff around you. Don’t trash it.”

We think this a great way to get kids involved in making their world a better place! Congratulations to all those knighted, and happy summer!

To read more about this story, click here.

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Random Act of Kid-ness: There’s a Monkey in My Chair

This week’s Random Act of Kid-ness comes to us from Cincinnati, OH, where a group of kids from Piner Elementary School started a program to raise money for children with cancer. Since many of the kids know people who have cancer or who have lost their lives to cancer, they wanted to help out. They started with a program called Change Wars, where the students brought in change to raise money, and then they started selling hair bows. That fundraiser earned over $300 for children living with cancer.

There’s a Monkey in My Chair is a program that the students developed. Stuffed monkeys sit in their classrooms to represent kids who are in the hospital. “It reminds you that friend with cancer needs support, in school or outside it. ‘Having the monkey there, the kids can interact with the monkey, they can write letters to the monkey, and take pictures of the monkey doing silly stuff, in the room or where the children normally would be in. It makes the children think they are still there and that they care about them.'”

Some of the students at Piner Elementary have said:

“I feel really proud. I love helping people and I couldn’t find a way to until Koryn did, and that’s why I really wanted to do it.”

 “I think if they pictured themselves and they wouldn’t want someone to not help them.”

 “I feel proud that we helped them.” The teachers and staff here do too.

What a thoughtful program! We love this idea. To read more about There’s a Monkey in My Chair, click here.

Random Act of Kid-ness: Recycling Old Markers

This week’s Random Act of Kid-ness comes to us from San Rafael, CA, where students in Mr. Land’s class at Sun Valley School decided to take action so that the markers they use every day don’t end up in landfills. They decided to contact Crayola and let the company know that discarded plastics, like those found in Crayola markers, is wasteful and unhealthy for the environment. The students are proposing a take-back program so the markers get re-purposed instead of becoming pollution. Some of the Sun Valley students said:

“I love your markers, but I’d like to tell you it’s polluting. So can I please send some of your markers back? I love your product, but hate pollution,” Zachary, age 9.

“I want to let you know that I am not a useless little kid. I can make a difference! By telling you to recycle your pens,” Dante, age 10.

”Will we ever be able to fix the hole in the ozone layer? I don’t like pollution because it hurts the Earth,” Georgia, age 7.

“If we all came from the Earth… Then why are we hurting it so much? Earth is all we have left,” Olivia, age 11.

The students started a petition on change.org here, and you can watch a slide show about this petition here.

We think this kind of action is great! We hope you get all the signatures you need and help save the environment!

Random Act of Kid-ness: Kindness Balloons

Courtney Ormerod shares her random act of kindness.

Maija Hoggett photo

This week’s Random Act of Kid-ness comes to us from Ontario, Canada, where students from  Baxter Central Public School performed random acts of kindness by releasing balloons into the air. Students attached a note to each balloon with a suggested random act of kindness for whoever finds the balloon to carry out. Some examples of random acts that students wrote down were:  holding doors for people, saying hi to strangers to brighten their day, and leaving $20 at a coffee shop register so people can have free coffee until it runs out. Grade 8 student Felicity Darcy said:

“The guerilla kindness really worked for us and left a good impact on the school.”

We think this is an exciting way to spread kindness! Check out the rest of this article to read more great quotes from the students.

Random Act of Kid-ness: SPPRAK

This week’s Random Act of Kid-ness comes to us from Terre Haute, IN, where students at Dixie Bee Elementary School participated in a new program yesterday by SPPRAK. SPPRAK is short for Special People Performing Random Acts of Kindness and is a nonprofit that helps improve its community by supporting groups that need extra funding.

The program at Dixie Bee lets students leave sticky notes on a large banner in the school’s front hallway that note random acts of kindness that their peers had done. These random acts of kindness have included holding the door for someone, helping draw a picture, and sharing lunches. “In just a few seconds, Dixie Bee students had posted about two-dozen “random acts of kindness” on the banner, which is in the school’s front hallway.”

We think this is a great, visible way to get all students involved in spreading and sharing random acts of kindness!

To read more about this story and SPPRAK, click here.

Random Act of Kid-ness: First Graders Give the Gift of Kindness

Exavier Navejar (left) and David Torres, both 7 and first-graders at H.W. Longfellow Elementary School in Milwaukee, took it upon themselves to bring gifts to a classmate after they learned that the child hadn’t received any gifts for Christmas. Exavier drew the boy a picture, while David wrapped one of his books and gifted it.

Photo by Kristyna Wentz-Graff

This week’s Random Act of Kid-ness comes to us from Milwaukee, WI, where 7 year olds David Torres and Exavier Navejar at H.W. Longfellow Elementary School gave one of their classmates a gift after finding out he did not get any Christmas gifts. David decided to wrap a book and race car from his house, and Exavier drew a picture and wrapped it. They gave the presents to their classmate on the Friday after winter break. The classmate cried when he unwrapped, and said it felt good to get gifts. The principal of the kids’ school said:

“These kids have so little themselves, but they still found a way to give.”

What an inspiring story! You can read more about it here.

Random Act of Kid-ness: #26acts

This week’s Random Act of Kid-ness highlights 26 acts of kindness from children and adults across the world. This week, we love that in honor of Sandy Hook Elementary School victims, the hashtags #26acts and #26actsofkindness are trending on Twitter. In the wake of the tragedy one week ago today, Ann Curry called on people to do 26 random acts of kindness- one for each of the people killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Buzzfeed compiled some of the responses she got here, like the one below, and we know there are so many more out there.

"Day 1: A latte for the kind security guard who stands outside our building, rain or shine, making sure we are safe."

We hope you, too, will be inspired to act and spread the word!

During Winter Wonderland Week next week, we will be making snowflakes in Open Art Studio to send to the Connecticut PTSA as part of National PTA’s initiative to create a winter wonderland for the students of Sandy Hook Elementary!