Kindness is…going about your day, with a positive attitude and a smile on your face

World Kindness Day was introduced in 1998 to promote and emphasize a global kindness movement. It is a day that is intended to “focus on the positive power and the common thread of kindness which binds us.”

On Friday, November 13, Colorado Academy Lower School joined this amazing movement and celebrated World Kindness Day. Students were challenged to perform acts of kindness for others, as well as for themselves during the weekend. The tasks ranged from leaving kindness notes in the mailboxes of neighbors, to washing a parent’s car, to creating inspirational videos for others. When the students returned to school on Monday, it was exciting to hear the extraordinary acts of kindness that were performed in just one weekend.

Students also completed a writing activity at school to share their perspective of what kindness means to them. Their words truly capture the messages that the world needs to hear right now. Some include:

Kindness is…

  • helping a friend.
  • caring for others when they get hurt.
  • a way to make friends.
  • helpful and courageous. It keeps us together so we are not apart.
  • adopting an animal from a shelter.
  • meeting new people.
  • pushing my friend on the swing.
  • letting someone have a turn.
  • picking up trash and loving the environment.
  • being considerate.
  • taking care of my dog.
  • doing the right thing, even when no one is around.
  • sharing with others.
  • loving your family.

We took the 300+ kindness cards and created a Kindness Quilt in the Lower School. As students enter the Lower School, they stop to read the amazing messages. I enjoy hearing their conversations and excitement as they read and discuss each one.

As we wrap up the epic year of 2020, the Lower School Faculty, Staff, and I are inspired by the words of our Lower School students and will carry them with us into 2021. Thank you, Lower School students, in leading the way to brighter days ahead!