West School New Canaan, CT - October 2017

Teaching kindness in schools seems more important than ever before. Research shows us that by performing acts of kindness, both adults and kids experience a ‘helpers high’, or good feelings.  This activates areas in the brain that are connected to happiness, social connection and trust.  Feeling connectedness and trust has shown to be strong factors in increasing happiness in kids.

“Kindness changes the brain by the experience of kindness. Children and adolescents do not learn kindness by only thinking about it and talking about it.  Kindness is best learned by feeling it, so that they can reproduce it.” (Patty O’Grady, PhD)

With this in mind, we spent an exciting morning at West School in New Canaan, and kicked off the school year with a presentation and craft session with the ‘kids care’ club.  It was wonderful to discuss the importance of kindness, and brain storm ideas on all the different ways the kids can be kind at school, in the community, with family and to self.  The kids kindly decorated our B kind donation bags, and generously provided a wonderful assortment of dry food goods and toiletries (to be donated at a local shelter for the homeless).

Kindness starts with you !

2017 - B KIND SCHOLARSHIP AWARD RECIPIENT

ISHIKA SAXENA - SEWICKLEY ACADEMY - PITTSBURGH, PA

Ishika is a “thoughtful, organized, and inclusive leader who has proven to be an invaluable member and leader in B kind this Year”.  She is described as a ‘humble and kind’ person, who does not seek rewards or recognition for her work at Sewickley Academy. Ishika stands out above her peers, as she clearly demonstrates a genuine commitment to the B kind club and is not involved simply to have another activity for her college application. She sincerely believes in “the power of any act of kindness, small or big, to have a large ripple effect that can shape an entire community.”  She is currently the 2017 B kind club Vice President and is described a s an “intelligent, creative leader… who pushes those around her to think outside of the box”.  Although in her first year at Sewickley Academy, Ishika, through her work with B kind has already “made a visible difference in the school community."

2017 - B KIND SCHOLARSHIP AWARD RECIPIENT

DEVIN GRITTEN - NORWALK GRASSROOTS TENNIS & EDUCATION - NORWALK, CT

Devin has been described as “an exceptional young man …with outstanding kindness, empathy and leadership.  He is an invaluable example to our younger children, always exhibiting kindness and patience”. Devin credits kindness as one of the key assets that he has used as Captain of Brass for his highschool band, and this senior year he lead the band to the national Finals. Devin is also a Varsity player for the Norwalk High School tennis team.

Devin’s tennis coach describes him best as “a young man whose presence always inspires other because he always looks for the good in people and gives of himself with great generosity.”  Further, Devin’s band director describes him as “a superior young man with strong intellectual capability, moral values and musical skills."

2017 - B KIND SCHOLARSHIP AWARD RECIPIENT

GEORGE KINGSTON - HOTCHKISS SCHOOL - LAKEVILLE, CT

George Kingston has been described as “one of the kindest people I have ever met”.  His friends describe him as inclusive, caring, charismatic, friendly, positive and tenacious. George’s achievements also extend to being Junior Class President, and numerous academic awards including graduating Cum Laude. However, George is most proud of his school community involvement including being a board member of the Special Olympic Club, head tour guide, directing and acting in school plays and being involved in school sports such as basketball.

2017 - B KIND SCHOLARSHIP AWARD RECIPIENT

HUNTER LIBMAN - ST. LUKE'S SCHOOL - NEW CANAAN, CT

Hunter Libman was chosen as the St Luke’s B kind scholarship winner because of his “cheerful disposition and ability to make people smile”.  Hunter is described as someone who is known for his inclusive nature, that is, as someone who “engages easily and openly to students across grade levels and he wants to make sure students feel welcomed and cared for”.  Hunter is an active member of the St Luke’s community.  As such, he is a member of a capella group, captain of the lacrosse team, member of the soccer team and active member of Autism Speaks. Hunter’s teachers have described him as “empathetic, genuine and generous."

Trinity College - Kappa Kappa Gamma B kind Club

  WORLD KINDNESS DAY NOV. 13, 2015 - So this week we are doing random acts of kindness all around campus and having full participation in our chapter.  We have designed cover photos that we all changed to on Facebook, we are putting up post-it notes all around campus with nice sayings, spreading around “Pay it forward” cards, and each pledge class is doing their own random act of kindness (for example, my pledge class is buying X amount of coffees for people at one of the coffee shops).