The Guelph Community Foundation is the Guelph headquarters for Random Act of Kindness (RAK) Day. Although this day is officially set for the first Friday in November every year, we believe kindness can happen everyday!
RAK is an opportunity to do something kind for someone, 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 to bring kindness to the top of their list...every day.
How to get Involved
If your school, company or community group could include a note about Random Act of Kindness 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, 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
Colouring Kindness Cards
Print on 8.5 x 11 (double sided)
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.
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
Tool Kit and Templates for General Use
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 Cards (3.5" x 2")
Take What You Need Small Poster (8.5 x 11)
Sticker button template (print on sticker paper)
Here's what Random Act of Kindness Day has looked like in previous years...
The streets, schools and businesses in Guelph 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.