Random Act of Kid-ness: Adventure generationOn Kids Care Club

Continuing with our support of Hasbro’s “Be a Joy Maker” campaign, this week’s Random Act of Kid-ness is one submitted to the campaign and comes to us from St. Louis, MO. 4th and 5th grade students in the Adventure generationOn Kids Care Club operated and facilitated a penny drive that raised $230.00. With the money, the students bought toys to donate to the Toys for Tots Foundation. Not only is this an incredible act of kindness, but it also taught the students about the value of a dollar.

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We encourage you to read more of the entries on the Joy Makers Wall and even submit your own act of kindness!

Again, please share with the Zimmer what you’ve done! While we encourage selfless acts, we also think that we can inspire each other! Any story we hear just might be featured in our next Random Act of Kid-ness post!

Random Act of Kid-ness: Memes to Raise Money

This week’s Random Act of Kid-ness comes to us from Poway, California, where 5 year old Ruby Knudson made a slideshow of hand-drawn memes to raise over $1,000 for her elementary school’s fundraiser. Ruby’s school does not allow kids to go door-to-door asking for donations, so Ruby and her dad came up with the meme idea. Ruby’s dad Nathan said:

“She’s learned that the computer is connected to real people and real things which can have a real impact. I’m trying to teach her that if you’re following the crowd through life you’re never going to be first to do anything.”

Ruby’s slideshow went viral on Reddit and got so many views that it crashed the fundraising site!

We love little creative thinkers! Good job, Ruby! Read more here.

Random Act of Kid-ness: Braving a Snowstorm to Rescue Peers

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This week’s Random Act of Kid-ness comes to us from the Canadian province Manitoba, where 13 year old Alexi Catellier walked through a snowstorm to find help for 24 of his fellow students who were stranded in a bus. Their bus got stuck in the snow and was stuck for over 5 hours during the snowstorm. Alexi not only calmed the other students down and melted snow into water when they got thirsty, but he also left the bus in search of help. Luckily he was able to find a man who could notify local rail workers of the trapped bus. Alexi said:

“It was definitely nerve-wracking …You have to keep the kids calm, because otherwise the bus driver won’t be able to do his job.”

What an act of bravery! Read more about this story here.

Random Act of Kid-ness: Students Raise Money for Teacher’s Recovery

This week’s Random Act of Kid-ness comes to us from Baltimore, MD, where a third grade class raised over $13,000 through lemonade stands and an online campaign to help their teacher. The teacher, Anne Mekalian, lost all Quadruple Amputeeof her limbs when a blood infection led to gangrene. The money raised would give Anne the funds to properly outfit her car and get driving lessons so that she can one day drive again. One student said:

“We want to see her in the hallways and the classroom, and we want to make sure she’s in our school again because I want little kids younger than me to know how great she was.” 

What an amazing act of generosity! Read more about the story here and check out the students’ online donation page here.

Random Act of Kid-ness: Kindness Counts

This week’s Random Act of Kid-ness comes to us from Lawrence, KS, where (almost) high school freshman Mary Krieger created and funded a program called Kindness Counts. The program provided teachers with $10 gift certificates for local businesses to hand out to students when they did good deeds. Mary said:

“I was hoping, if I did this, then when I did see the change kids, would start doing nicer things. I did get to see that a couple of times and see the smile on the kids’ faces when they got one of the awards.”

Mary funded the program by foregoing birthday presents and instead asking for money for the gift certificates. She also emailed friends and family asking for donations, and she raised over $600.

What a great program! Read more about Mary and Kindness Counts here.

Random Act of Kid-ness: LA Kids “Defend the Sea”

This week’s Random Act of Kid-ness is a local one. Yesterday was the 19th annual Kids Ocean Day Adopt-A-Beach Clean-Up in Los Angeles, where 5,000 kids came to not only clean up Dockweiler State Beach, but they also created a human mosaic of a shark holding a shield that said “Defend the Sea.”

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The Adopt-A-Beach Clean-Up day was the culmination of a year-long program in local schools by the Malibu Foundation for Environmental Education. It is one of six in California, sponsored by the California Coastal Commission. Mary Shallenberger, chair of the Commission, said:

“These kids are like modern-day knights in shining armor. They are asking us to join them in defending our ocean from marine debris and other forms of pollution that harm marine life.”

Read more here. Do you know a kid who participated in Kids Ocean Day yesterday? We’d love your stories!

Random Act of Kid-ness: A Flash Mob to Feel Better

This week’s Random Act of Kid-ness comes to us from Mandeville, Louisiana, where 800 elementary school students (and their teachers) broke out in a flash mob to cheer up their school’s Vice Principal, Tara Dragon Hernandez. Tara’s 1o month old son Grayson was diagnosed with  neuroblastoma cancer, so she took a leave of absence from her job to care for Grayson.

Seven-year-old student Jordan Sturiale said:

“It was for Ms. Dragon because her baby wasn’t feeling good and she was sad and the baby had to go to the hospital.”

Read more about Tara, Grayson, and see a video of the flashmob here.

Have you done something recently to cheer someone up? Let us know! You could be next week’s Random Act of Kid-ness!

P.S. If you, too, like to break out in song and dance, we have a secret for you.