Kindness is sharing

My first grade students at San Diego Global Vision Academy (SDGVA) have been talking about leadership, friendship, and kindness since school began in September of 2012.  Our school’s mission is “We will be civic-minded leaders, accomplished writers, and resilient lifelong learners.”  Our school also has a core focus on service learning.  As stated by,

“Service-Learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.”

At SDGVA, we believe that our students will change the world.  However, we also believe that they can solve real-life problems and contribute to our society…starting now.  We place an extraordinary amount of effort on building our students’ beliefs in themselves.  We teach them resiliency, we give them opportunities to write, and we empower them to make changes.  Our focus on service learning gives students an opportunity to articulate problems they see in the world today, work together to use their practical knowledge and academic resources to create solutions, and then actively contribute to the community.

Throughout our discussions of kindness, my students began to notice common themes over time.  They noticed what we often refer to as “the ripple effect” of kindness.  We decided that we could share our inquiries and learnings about kindness with a wider audience while also learning from them.  Thus, we created this blog.

Our intent is to post a daily “random act of kindness”.  Every day, beginning January 1, 2013 for one full year, we will post a new act of kindness that you can do for others. My students will write and reflect on the ways in which they complete various acts of kindness, and will also read and respond to your posts as you share and reflect on your kind acts.

So, follow us, share your stories, and remember to pass it on!


“Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” Scott Adams (1957), 
Creator Of Dilbert Comic Strip