School is back in session and that can be both exciting and scary for kids. Now is a perfect time to help them set up some ‘goals to be greater’ when it comes to the school year. We can all spread kindness, and it may be easier than you think. Here are 10 fun ideas to get your kids started!
1. Write a ‘thank you’ letter to your teacher.
Everyone loves a hand-written note. Teachers don’t often hear how much their students appreciate them so offering them a thank you note is incredibly meaningful and lets them know that you are grateful for what they do.
2. Work extra hard this week.
It is so rewarding for a teacher to see that their students are working hard and putting forth their best effort. Show them what you can do!
3. Volunteer to help clean a classroom or do another chore around school.
Got some extra time between classes or after school? Help out the custodial staff by picking up litter or tidying up a busy teacher’s classroom. They will appreciate it more than you know.
4. Make a big card for your teacher.
Ask all your classmates to sign it and present it to your teacher as a class.
5. Pay attention in class.
Imagine that your teacher is standing in front of a sea of student faces and only a handful are paying attention. Show your respect and appreciation for them by being attentive and participatory in class.
Easy. Free. Always a winner.
7. Surprise your teachers with a delicious treat!
Find out what your teacher’s favorite snack is and bring it to them as a surprise this week. It will make their day!
8. Make a positive sign to hang on a door at school.
Visual inspiration is always a great way to share the love. Grab some markers, stickers, glitter and paper and get going!
9. Bring a flower or bouquet to your teacher or the front office staff.
Everyone loves getting flowers! Pick some bright, cheery and fun flowers to help brighten someone’s day.
10. Share appreciation messages each day of this week.
Positive messages placed strategically on lockers, in the restrooms, on a teacher’s desk or in the hallways is a lovely surprise for anyone who sees them. Have fun and get creative!
The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation, also known as ‘RAK’, is a foundation that believe that the world will be a significantly better place if we encourage the spread of kindness in schools, communities, and homes. They work with teachers, parents, and youth leaders to provide resources for kindergarten through high school students. This includes free lessons plans, kindness clubs, posters, project ideas, and more.