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Focus on Creating Joy by Helping Others During the Holiday Season

This month, focus on creating joy by helping others during the holiday season. Bring kindness to your group, school, or neighborhood with these ideas.

Celebrating Kindness at Cheney Elementary

Today is World Kindness Day.  Students and staff at Cheney Elementary were encouraged to wear yellow and to complete the following kindness challenge:

  1. Say good morning to 3 people.
  2. Give two compliments
  3. High five 5 people and say “Good job today!”
  4. Say please and thank you when you ask for something or someone does something for you.
  5. Have a positive attitude the entire day!

Today is World Kindness Day

Today is World Kindness Day! How can you observe this special day? Take Lady Gaga’s advice and spread kindness today and every day. When you do something to improve someone else’s day, you often feel happier, too. Today, we challenge you to perform at least one random act of kindness. How will you make someone smile today?

Kindness is Rising Again

Youth Service America (YSA) kicked off their second annual Kindness Rising campaign encouraging youth to make a difference in their communities through kind acts and service projects.

Kindness Rising is once again sponsored by BE FEARLESS BE KIND, a signature philanthropic initiative of global play and entertainment company Hasbro, Inc. For everyone who takes the pledge through December 20, Hasbro will donate a toy or game to Toys for Tots for up to 50,000 children in need this holiday season who have been impacted by disasters such as Hurricane Florence.

Young people, educators, parents, and caring adults everywhere can join the Kindness Rising campaign by taking the BE FEARLESS BE KIND pledge “to stand up for others, be inclusive and make a difference in the world.”

A variety of project ideas and resources are featured on the Kindness Rising website to help youth put their pledge into action by organizing projects to address community issues, spread kindness, and build skills.

Pledge to be Fearless and Kind this Summer

452,282 young people have pledged to BE FEARLESS BE KIND since last fall. That’s over 90% of the way to Youth Service America’s goal of a half million pledges by June 30. Together, you are showing the power of empathy to change the world one kind act at a time. Will you commit to making this summer one of kindness and service?

Families, camps, and youth groups can take the pledge and plan projects together. Download an activity guide to help youth take and reflect on the pledge, do a kind act, and grow their kindness into a service project this summer.

Kindness Club at Dommerich Elementary

Dommerich’s newly established Kindness Club began meeting in November.  The club’s goal is to gather students who want to share Kindness with the school, community and families.  During their recent meeting students made a Thankful/Grateful Tree for the entire school.  The tree was placed in the main hallway near the front office for all to see.  Students then decorated the tree with hand written leaf notes of what they are thankful for.  In December, the Kindness Club is focusing on “Giving”.  They will also be holding a pajama and book drive to inspire families to read stories during bedtime.

Dommerich Elementary Celebrates Kindness Week

During the week of Valentines, Dommerich Elementary celebrated its first ever Kindness Week.  Students were encouraged to complete a list of 100 acts of kindness.  For every act completed they received a paper hand to write it on.   The amazing Dommerich Elementary PTA hung the hands all over the school to spotlight the acts and form a kindness chain.  Each day of the week student were also encouraged to dress up.

  • Monday: Bee kind: wear black and yellow
  • Tuesday: I am “RED”y to be kind: wear red
  • Wednesday: I have the power to be kind: wear your favorite superhero shirt
  • Thursday: TEAM up and be kind: wear a team shirt
  • Friday: Be a JEANius… Wear jeans and a school shirt

WPHS Senior Receives Tori Sheahan Kindness and Compassion Award and Scholarship

The first Tori Sheahan Kindness and Compassion Award and Scholarship was presented to Emily Sahina, a senior at Winter Park High School during the Winter Park High School Senior Awards.

Tori  Sheahan worked as a nurse practitioner providing healthcare for the underserved in Central Florida for 15 years. For 12 of those years she worked closely with the Winter Park Health Foundation as a nurse practitioner at Glenridge Middle School. During that time she also helped supervise, mentor and support the school nurses in the Winter Park consortium of schools.

Tori was a champion for the health of local youth. She always made sure her patients got the care, medicine, education and social services they needed. Children and their families benefited from her medical knowledge as well as from her kindness and compassion.

Emily Sahina was selected as the first recipient of the Tori Sheahan Kindness and Compassion Award and Scholarship because of her extremely caring and compassionate nature.  Emily has positively impacted the WPHS campus through the 207 hours of volunteer service hours she has completed in the community through various organizations and clubs at WPHS.   People who know her well describe her as dependable and kind hearted. Her consideration of others is matched equally in her dedication to her academics. Her future plans include attending Valencia and majoring in either health science, psychology, or art. She is a first generation college student who loves working with children and giving back to her community.

Congratulations, Emily!

The Tori Sheahan Award and Scholarship is funded through the memorial fund set up in her name by the Winter Park Health Foundation.