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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Random Acts of Kindness Week and Valentine's Day

So last week I was trying to come up with a way to combine our classroom celebration of Valentine's Day and Random Acts of Kindness Week.  I really wanted to remind my students that while it is okay for us to plan things for ourselves and have fun, that we really didn't want to forget about thinking about others too.  Which brought to mind all the people in our school that give of themselves daily and never get to take part in our little classroom holiday parties. From all of this came an idea.  I created a Valentine card that celebrates others in our school.  Our plan is to spend some time decorating each Valentine and addressing it to someone in our school (janitors, cafeteria workers, office staff, school nurse, specials teachers, interventionists, etc) and secretly deliver them so that they will be found on the morning of Valentine's day.  My students are super excited about this project! Hopefully we can keep it all secret.  Our purpose is to not gain any recognition for the Random Act of Kindness.



You could copy this page back to back and then cut the sheet in half to create a double sided Valentine card. You could also copy this page and fold it in half and then use the inside to write personalized notes. Grab a FREE copy for your classroom by clicking the image below.





Ever wondered about the history of Random Acts of Kindness Week? Me too, so I did some research.
In 1996, the idea of creating a World Kindness Movement was born in Tokyo. Dr. Wataru Mori led a group of individuals from around the world to pull together and create a world-wide movement of compassion and kindness.  The World Kindness Movement was formed a year later with founding members from around the globe. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Kindness_Movement)


In 1995, The Random Act of Kindness Foundation had already been founded as a nonprofit organization in America.  It is now the United States delegate to the World Kindness Movement.  Check out their website at: http://www.randomactsofkindness.org/.  They have tons of free resources!

1 comment:

  1. What a wonderful idea. So many people at school work behind the scenes and rarely get recognition. I love this idea to share the spirit of Valentine's Day. I pinned your idea so others can see it.
    Debbie Crockett

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