Photo: Jessica Schattenburg
At a harvest festival last fall at her children’s school, Rio del Mar Elementary in Aptos, Calif., Justina Bryant spotted two boys teasing a fourth-grader with a squirt gun. He was crying and begging them to stop.
“And those children weren’t listening,” recalls Bryant, 37, a marketing consultant and former teacher. Distraught, the boy bolted away from the campus, and Bryant ran after him. “Even as I was bringing him back,” she says, “the children were still taunting him.”
Bryant scolded the bullies and told the principal. But that wasn’t enough for the crusading mom, who’d often told her son, Trenten, 11, and daughter, Taylor, 9, “If you see something that needs to change, change it.” Inspired by the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation website, (randomactsofkindness. org), Bryant volunteered to start an afterschool Kindness Club. To her surprise, one of the schoolyard bullies joined. “That basically told me that that child didn’t understand his behaviors and what they really are,” Bryant says. “It was really an eye-opener.”
Starting in December, for one hour each week, 30 club members in grades 2-6 wrote nice notes to office staff, drew pictures for the custodian and crafted kindness bookmarks to hide in the library. But Bryant wanted more. In March, she launched a 21-Day Kindness Challenge and urged Rio del Mar’s 600 students, teachers and staff to perform five daily acts of kindness. Those who witnessed the acts wrote them on thin strips of paper that were eventually linked in a 400-foot chain circling the cafeteria.
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Inspiration. Creativity. Kindness. Does it seem unlikely that recycled Post-It Notes and a fashion show could be catalysts for these positive and powerful driving forces? In Santa Cruz, California, a very special sixth grader named Reese Martinez attended the 21 Day Kindness Challenge Night at a Santa Cruz Warriors basketball game and was inspired to do just that.
The night was intended to spread awareness of the benefits of kindness and how one simple act of kindness has the power to change the world. Reese wholeheartedly embraced the challenge when she took the initiative to recycle kindness in a very creative manner. It started in February 2015, when the Santa Cruz Warriors hosted the 21 Day Kindness Challenge event to promote their goal of spreading kindness to others.
This documentary was created by a group of high school students. It is a documentary about the 21 Day Kindness Challenge. The students took this on as a class project - Thank You & Great Job!
Kindness that forever changed their lives...
I am often asked to speak to schools about the 21 Day Kindness Challenge. During my talks I show the students a few different videos of young people like themselves making a difference in their world. It is my hope to inspire them to be the change they want to see in (their) world. For the September Kindness News post I would like to share one of the videos with you all. This is a heart warming news clip about how a small act of kindness can change the lives of so many. (Enjoy - Justina)
"We high school students face stress, anxiety, drama, and negativity from time to time the acts of random kindness club strives to make high school a little more Pleasant by conducting uplifting campaigns, activities, And projects, because it's the little things in life that make a difference." ~ ARK Club
An amazing group of high school students from Independence High put this short film together. They are all apart of the Acts of Random Kindness club (ARK). This is a group of high school students who want to bring more kindness to their world and the world around them.
Sabrina Ma created ARK in 2011 for the sole purpose of lifting the ‘spirits of herself and her peers.’ The club has grown significantly – ARK is currently at 26 high schools across California. The club members recently created a short film entitled “The Little Things.” This video touched my heart and I hope it touches yours too.
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Note From the Founder
Hello. I am the founder of the 21 Day Kindness Challenge Program.