Schools across Thames Valley are embracing the challenge to perform a staggering 100,000 acts of kindness in just one month.
The 1,000 Acts of Kindness Challenge is a community-wide initiative during the month of October that aims to end hate by spreading kindness — one generous act at a time.
The Anti-Hate & Anti-Bias Program at LUSO Community Services has issued the friendly challenge to Thames Valley District School Board students and staff to sign up at least 100 schools to perform a minimum of 1,000 acts of kindness each for a total of 100,000 acts this month.
This is the third year that Thames Valley schools are participating with the hopes of significantly surpassing last year’s registered total of 54,645 acts of kindness with a greater number of schools participating. So far 84 schools have signed on.
While these numbers are impressive, LUSO spokesperson Meredith Fraser said the challenge is not about the totals.
“Attaching a number to the challenge is a way to build momentum. We want to motivate folks and get them engaged,” she said in a news release.“Social change of any kind is about making a choice about where to invest our resources. For me, kindness is a great investment because it has a positive return for everyone.”
Students and staff members are lending their imaginations and spirit to the challenge. For example, 'smile trackers' are documenting acts of kindness in the schoolyard, in the hallways and in classrooms at London’s Evelyn Harris Public School.
In recent years, students at schools across Thames Valley have shown kindness by writing letters to the children being treated in the Children’s Hospital of Western Ontario, filled shoe boxes full of goodies for Canadian Forces troops in Afghanistan, written letters and post cards to men and women in the Canadian Forces and organized a coat drive for homeless children.
If you would like to learn more, visit the challenge website at www.1000acts.ca.