Random Acts of Kindness

Monday, February 15, 2016 - By: Bud Patel

Over the winter break, after watching the movie Pay It Forward, our Grade 8s were challenged to conduct random acts of kindness (RAK). Last week during assembly, they shared some of their work and challenged the rest of the school to follow suit. A quick Google search finds that this movement of kindness is not isolated to Brentwood. A foundation has been created to share and encourage RAKs. Their goal - "Imagine a world. Where people look out for each other. Where we all pay it forward. Where success is measured in selfless acts. Where kindness is the philosophy of life."

As a follow up, I asked our community to share with me stories of others’ RAKs. Below are a few stories <names redacted> that should be celebrated.

"I told you about the group of Privett 12’s led by <BLANK> that picked up their trays and moved over to sit with our new lad, <BLANK> so he didn’t have to eat a meal alone!"

"Today around lunch time I was in Allard house with a co-worker, who was sitting for a moment suffering from a lousy cold!! <BLANK> came and talked to us for a minute. We talked about how terrible I was feeling. She went inside and a few minutes later came out with a beautiful to-go mug with hot peppermint tea, and wished me well. I was really touched; I have never even had a conversation with her before. It really was such a sweet thing to do. She really made my day!"

"I’m not sure if admin staff is included in this – but <BLANK> with her very busy days as always – stopped to talk to me briefly. Friday morning when I was covering for <BLANK>. I had a scratchy throat for whatever reason – 10 minutes later she was back at reception with a hot cup of lemon tea with honey in it for me. Was like getting a big hug early in the morning! Such a kind person and never too busy to interact with everyone that passes her way."

"In the period after the assembly where you mentioned RAK, <BLANK> saw me, with my arms full of papers, text books, briefcase, struggling down the stairs. He offered to help me."

"This past week, <BLANK>, saw me walking toward Crooks Hall for lunch. He was finished and heading out the door. He stayed and held the door open for me with a huge smile on his face."

Small or large, as a School, we are committed to creating a positive and inclusive community. So I put the same challenge to you! Please share with me any RAKs that you witness – email me at bud.patel@brentwood.bc.ca. Let’s make kindness our most valuable currency.

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