Here are some great ideas to get you started at school for teachers and students:
11 ideas for students
- Ask your teacher if you can clean up around the school, ask another class to join your efforts.
- Eat lunch with someone who is new or sitting alone, or invite him or her to your table.
- Talk to a student you’ve never talked to before.
- Organise your whole class to bring flowers or chocolates to school to surprise your teacher!
- Bake a cake or biscuits for another class/take home to parents/office staff.
- Make cards or notes for people you appreciate around your school i.e caretaker/teachers/teacher aides/office staff/friends.
- Make origami flowers to give to someone.
- Make soup or hot drinks and a stall and give them out before school/morning tea or lunch.
- Go to a retirement home and sing to the elderly.
- Organise a shared lunch with another class or group of friends.
- Slip a kind note inside your library book before you return it.
9 ideas for teachers
- Brainstorm ideas with your students, discuss some that you think would be achievable and would interest your students.
- Study kind people in history. Then have students illustrate the kind works of these people and discuss them in class. (Fred Hollows, Anne Frank, Elizabeth Fry, Mother Theresa, Harriet Tubman, William Wilberforce, Florence Nightingale, Thomas Barnardo, Nicholas Winton will get you started…)
- Ask students to perform a Random Act of Kindness for a family friend or even a stranger and then write an essay describing the experience — how it made them feel and the reaction of the recipient.
- Encourage the children to do one nice thing every day, like give a hug, lend a pencil, or play with someone new, do chores at home without complaining.
- Contact community people who are actively promoting kindness, and request that they visit your school for classroom discussions or an assembly.
- Take pictures and preserve some samples of your activities, share your project and photos with others.
- Locate various quotes about kindness. Put them up around the room and discuss what they mean.
- Encourage your students to take RAK Day beyond the borders of our country – brainstorm fundraising ideas for (ie. mufti-day, or a lunch-time concert) and use the money to collectively RAK a family through World Vision or another charity.
- Visit one of your sick students and read to them.