Mark your calendars for RAK Day 2017!
Watch our "believe in kindness" video!
What is RAK day?
Random Act of Kindness Day was established by the KW Community Foundation, and invites community foundations across Canada to bring kindness to life in their communities. This will be the 9th year that Random Act of Kindness (RAK) Day will be celebrated in Guelph! Each year the momentum has grown, and we are energized as a community to continue those acts of kindness throughout the year. The Guelph Community Foundation is the Guelph Headquarters for Random Act of Kindness Day - and we are here to encourage you to make it a great day on Friday November 3th, 2017. This year we have pre-printed posters that are available to you, or you can print your own templates for posters, cards and quotes. Please scroll down to "RAK TOOL KIT".
RAK is an opportunity to do something kind for someone else, to appreciate fellow citizens and for community building – it’s NOT about fundraising or giving money – just a day to celebrate kindness
. Simple acts of kindness are endless; buy someone a coffee, congratulate someone on a job well done, offer to drive someone to an appointment, rake leaves for a neighbour or visit a seniors centre.
Random Act of Kindness Day has become an amazing event that schools embrace to help communicate anti-bullying and encourage empathy through kindness amongst students.
Random Act of Kindness Day has become a day that employers celebrate the hard work of their employees.
Random Act of Kindness Day has become a huge part of Student Life at The University of Guelph, and a great way to positively engage students and surprise them with kindness.
Even though kindness should be part of our everyday life, it's easy to get busy and sidetracked. Our hope is that Random Act of Kindness Day reminds people that to bring kindness to the top of their list - not just today, but every day.
How to get Involved
There are so many ways to show kindness! If you need some inspiration or a few ideas, please click on our 101 Ideas below. We have materials we can share with you to help "create" your Random Act of Kindness Day within your school, company or organization. We have printed Random Act of Kindness cards that you can order (free of charge). The cards encourage the holder to perform a simple act of kindness for someone, then hand over the card to that person, and encourage him or her to do the same. We also have posters, bookmarks and other materials that we can provide to help make your activity get noticed. Afterall, kindness is contagious.
If your school, company or community group could include a note about Random Act of Kindness Day on your website, your newsletter, Facebook page, Tweets, Linkedin activity - it will help spread the word and encourage people to participate. Sharing your plans for celebrating the day may encourage others to think of their own ideas. For inspiring ideas from our friends at The Random Act of Kindness Foundation, please click here.
Share the Kindness
Kindness is contagious. Kindness inspires kindness. So let's pass our stories on to encourage others. If you witness, or experience a Random Act of Kindness on Friday November 6th, please post to your Facebook page, Twitter or Linedin and share by using @GuelphCF #RAKGuelph #believeinkindness
If you could post Random Act of Kindness reminders on your own Facebook pages, on your website page, in your newsletter, in your Tweets - for the final days leading up to Random Act of Kindness Day that will help spread the word of kindness throughout our community.
Kindness in the Classroom: Tool Kit for Schools and Educators
This School Rocks RAK - Posters
8.5 x 11 layout
11 x 17 layout
Colouring Kindness Cards
Print on 8.5 x 11 (double sided)
13 Ways to Create a Culture of Kindness at your School
The Random Act of Kindness Foundation has developed an array of school-specific ideas that are proven winners for kindness. Ideas, templates and inspiration here.
The Random Act of Kindness Foundation has developed a wonderful Educator Guide that includes lesson plans, ideas and more. Free to download.
This School Rocks Random Act of Kindess Day - Poster to print
Kindness Project Ideas
Ideas for various ages, plus a how-to on setting up your own kindness club. Free to download.
Games, Books and Activities
Fun kindness games you can play with your kids - and a great list of books that inspire kindness from our friends at The Random Act of Kindness Foundation. Free to download.
A set of tools that will help you teach kindness in the class. Includes posters, focusing strategies, building trust, problem solving strategies, resolving conflice, lesson exploration. Free to download.
Out of School Program for Kids
Lessons and activities to inspire and empower kids. Specifically designed for after/out of school programs. Free to download.
Tools that will help you reach everyone in your classroom. Includes collaborative learning ideas. Free to download.
Lesson Plans - Free K - 12 lesson plans
The Random Act of Kindness Foundation has deveoped a comprehensive inventory of lesson plans for all grade levels. The plans are free, and you will need to create a short profile to gain access to these materials. To create a profile and access free lesson plans on kindness please click here.
20 Books that Make Kids Kinder
View the list here.
Story-Starter Kindness Templates: 4 themes available to print:
Super Hero of Kindness
How Can I Help
World Without Kindness
My Story of Kindness
Other posters and templates are available here
Tool Kit and Templates for General Use
Loads of ideas, printables and inspiration from The Random Act of Kindness Foundation. Visit their website.
Believe in Kindness Cards (3.5" x 2")
We have printed some "believe in kindness" cards (business card size) that are available to you for free. The cards can be handed out on Friday November 4th to help "pass kindness on". If you would like to order cards, please click here or call our office at 519-821-9216.
To assist individuals, schools and organizations with performing Random Acts of Kindness, we have created free printable templates. Click on the images below to select the layouts you would like.
Believe in Kindness Small Poster (8.5 x 11)
Random Act of Kindness -large poster with date (11 x 17)
Kindness Inspires Kindness Small Poster (8.5 x 11)
Take What You Need Small Poster (8.5 x 11)
Kindness Quotes Small Posters (8.5 x 11)
Sticker button template (print on sticker paper)
Believe in Kindess / RAK small bulletin board banner
Believe in Kindness Counter Card
Here's what Random Act of Kindness Day has looked like in previous years
2015: Random Act of Kindness Day was a huge success in Guelph this year! The streets, schools and businesses were alive with displays of kindness in all shapes and forms. Brant Avenue school students were surprised with a pancake breakfast served up by the folks at Meridian Credit Union. The students at Saint-Renee-Goupil rallied together to make fruit trays, cookie trays and food baskets for Sister Christine and The Drop-in Centre. The Guelph Public library handed out free books, and had the author of the "Jazlyn J" book series sign copies for the children. The Volunteer Centre gave out hand-made red mittens to people on the streets of downtown Guelph. The University of Guelph campus was swarming with kindness acitivities: free hot chocolate, cotton candy, a "kindness wall" and an "Instagram Kindness Photo Booth". Students across Guelph and surrounding communities integrated the message of kindness into their curriculum and school activities. Students displayed kindness in several creative ways, like writing a "kindness RAP song" and making a music video to help spread the message to students. Morning announcements were all about kindness, students showing gratitude to teachers, staff and each other. One class even went out into the community and raked leaves for unsuspecting neighbours! Members of the Brownie Troup decorated cards with messages of kindness and delivered them to The Elliott Seniors Community. SmithValeriote law firm were out at the hospital, randomly paying for parking tickets. Magic 106.1 and CJOY did a fantastic job of not just talking-the-talk but walking it - they delivered pizzas, paid for random grocery and gas bills - and brightened thousands of listeners days by sharing stories of kindness throughout Guelph. Guelph Transit riders received free Guelph Mercury papers. Guelph Storm fans were treated to free hot chocolate on their way to the game, courtesy of The Community of Hearts. Planet Bean was giving out free coffee when you showed your library card. There was a "kindness is sweet" lolipop shop set up on the sidewalk in front of The Guelph Community Foundation. Everywhere you looked, there were oversized post-in notes with messages of kindness. So much was going on throughout the day - if you would like to find out more, try searching #RAKGuelph on Facebook.
Were you caught in the Act of Kindness?
Here's a few photos from Random Act of Kindness Day 2015