Kindness: We believe kindness is a distinct action we choose to take to better ourselves and the world around us.
RAK Foundation: See mission statement above. We have focused our efforts in the field of educating children on pro-social behavior. Children have an innate tendency to be kind and we believe this tendency can be nurtured and cultivated through classroom activities and lesson plans.
World Kindness Day/Week: We hope that people practice kindness every day, but we take a few days each year to focus on being kind to ourselves and others in a worldwide celebration!
World Kindness Day - Nov. 13, 2012
World Kindness Week - Nov. 13-20, 2012
RAK: Established in 1995 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
World Kindness Day/Week: World Kindness Day has been widely recognized since 2000.
Why RAK began and has continued? The foundation started in the early 1990’s after a summer of violence in the San Francisco Bay Area of California. A reporter coined the phrase “Random Acts of Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty” in response to all of the negative media coverage. The foundation was born soon after. It was purchased by a private funder and brought to Colorado in 1999 and has remained in Denver ever since.
Why World Kindness Day/Week began and has continued? The roots of WKD are not totally clear, but it seems that the movement became widely recognized and celebrated over the last 12-15 years. There are kindness movements all over the world who focus on different ways to be kind. We have chosen to spend the majority of our efforts in the schools teaching kids about kindness.
W for Wellbeing Thoughts:
Sounds like a wonderful idea! Great website full of ideas for lessons/activities in a classroom.