Bayless Intermediate – St. Louis, MO

Program: Random Acts of Kindness

Once a month, student leaders at Bayless Intermediate in St. Louis, Missouri, meet to plan character-related activities. This particular Promising Practice promoted random acts of kindness. The student leaders planned an assembly that included a video news story, skits, and games that showed examples of random acts of kindness. This activity incorporated two principles from CEP’s 11 Principles of Effective Character Education: promoting core values anddescribe the image creating a caring community.

Each student was paired with a buddy, and together they read Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch. The students brainstormed different ways they could show random acts of kindness and then wrote them down on individual paper hearts. The hearts were then placed in a container and each student drew a heart at random. They were tasked with performing that random act of kindness within a week. A week later they wrote a letter to their buddy explaining how performing the act of kindness went. The letters and hearts were displayed outside classrooms as reminders of the caring things they can do for others every day.

The Character Education Partnership (CEP) created the Promising Practices program to foster school improvement by providing a proven framework, professional feedback, and models of excellence. To find out more and apply to receive a Promising Practices award for the 2012-2013 school year, visit http://www.character.org/schools-of-character/promising-practices-overview/ Applications are due March 17.