By Stefan Forrestal-Swaintek, AmeriCorps member serving on the MFS Investment Management team with Channing Elementary School
World Kindness Day, held annually on November 13, is here. Introduced and enacted in 1998 by the World Kindness Movement, it is recognized and celebrated in many countries across the wordl, including the United States, Canada, and Japan. According the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation, World Kindness Day is “a global 24-hour celebration dedicated to paying-it-forward and focusing on the good.”
One of City Year’s biggest culture pieces is appreciating our other AmeriCorps members. At Channing Elementary School, my teammates and I are writing each of our students personal appreciations to show why we appreciate them in our classes. We feel these notes will bring them a smile and we would then encourage them to pass that smile on by writing notes to at least one other student in the class.
We will also write appreciations to other teachers whom we do not serve with, to show them that while we may not interact much throughout the day, we are still happy to be sharing the experience of this school year alongside them.
Many people will notice that this world could use a hug, but since we do not have the ability to do so, we will strive to make a student or two smile by explaining why we appreciate them.