Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Flower Power

To jumpstart #RAKWeek17, I decided to give our students a first-hand taste of random acts of kindness. I brought in three bouquets of the most colorful flowers I could find and surprised the students with a Flower Power challenge.

"You hold in your hands the power to make someone else's day brighter, more meaningful. You have the power to remind people that they are special, that they matter. You even have the power to brighten your own day by giving to others. Today I want you to choose a flower and think of someone you would like to bless with kindness. Your task is to give your flower away, then think about the impact your flower had on someone else's life. You can make great things happen for others!"

Oh, how I wish you could have seen their smiles as they realized these flowers were for them to share with others! Pure joy! They gathered around for a group photo, then sorted the flowers by color before choosing the one they would give away.

The students were all smiles as they planned their RAKs, chatting with one another. Who would they choose? When would they go? What would happen? They practiced what to say with Mrs. Cross so they wouldn't feel nervous talking to another adult. It was a delight to see them working together for a common cause of kindness!

They walked around the school, at different times throughout the day, and gave away their flowers one by one. Every single student returned to class with a smile. Mission accomplished!

One teacher stopped me in the teacher's lounge to say, "I have never seen that child smile SO much. What a wonderful surprise!"

We encourage all our readers to do a random act of kindness this week in celebration of #RAKWeek17. Be the change you want to see in the world!