Random Acts of Kindness

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Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking. 

~Quoted in P.S. I Love You, compiled by H. Jackson Brown

On Friday, November 27, 2012, I woke to the NBC Today Show’s clip of the NYPD officer who came to the aid of a homeless man in New York City by buying him a pair of boots with his own money. This random act of kindness happened to be caught on camera and the photo quickly went viral. Could this publicized, heart-warming story be just what we need this holiday season? Will this random act of kindness cause a ripple effect in paying it forward? Just think of the happiness that could spread if we each did one random act of kindness each day?

How can our students become involved?

Look no further than the COMMON CORE! Maureen Connolly addressed Common Core and Service Learning in the September 2012 issue of ASCD’s Educational Leadership. She states:

Service learning helps students meet high-level academic standards and provides practical opportunities for students to develop character by working together to apply their learning for the common good of their school, local, and/or global community.

Real world, rigorous tasks can be aligned to the common core. This document from the Peace Corps shows:

Teachers can foster connections between service learning and the academic curriculum by:

      • Focusing on relevant global issues. Help students identify issues they could address that relate to the content they are learning.
      • Focusing on relevant service activities. Help students design service activities that aid in the development of essential skills and knowledge from curricular objectives.

On November 12, 2012 America’s Promise Alliance held a webinar entitled Connecting Common Core Standards to Service Learning. You can listen to the record session here. This webinar featured Maureen Connolly, author of the ASCD Educational Leadership article mentioned above.

Are you looking for a way to get your students involved? The Global Collaboration Network Wiki has a section for Random Acts of Christmas Kindness. Be sure to check out the link to Light ’em Up: 100 Ways to Light Up You Community with Kindness.

Some other links of interest:

What can you do to spread Random Acts of Kindness? Here are some “You’ve Been RAK’ed” cards to help get you started. Yet, no card is necessarily needed when doing a Random Act of Kindness!

What will you do today?

Go out and spread some cheer! Let’s keep making the world a better place! Pay it forward!  



  • stuartart 21 Jan

    There are some great resources here for anyone thinking of doing more of this. I certainly will be. Thanks, and keep it up. I have a home study program called: ‘Change Your Mindset, Change Your Life’ and I decided to give away 26 places for free as part of my acts of random kindness. There are still 7 available if anyone wants to partake. I’ll be doing 48 more ARK for my birthday come May. Simply email me at stuart.young40@googlemail with RAOK in the subject line. (Only 7 left as of 21/1/13) 🙂

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