Nothing is more powerful or more meaningful than an act of service for a fellow human. Acts of service can take place everywhere in public settings or in private. Random acts of kindness don’t need to be planned, they can be spontaneous. Service, best of all, is contagious.
At Harpeth Middle School, teacher Liz Austin and her students are recognizing random acts of kindness (RAK).
The project started with a paper hand. A paper hand is given to a student or adult to document a RAK. The RAK can be those that are received or witnessed.
“By refocusing our attention to find ways to help spread kindness we not only spread positivity to another but we magnify ourselves and we come away better for the experience. It feels good to be kind. It feels good to see someone else being kind. It truly is contagious,” Austin said.
Austin’s students used the hands to create wings on a wall to further symbolize hope and create a photo opportunity.
“Every class period, students are asked if they have a RAK to document. My RTI students have taken the lead in posting the hands on the wall. The metamorphosis has been ongoing. The students have moved the hands many times because it is growing every day. It is awe-inspiring to see what these students have achieved,” she said.
Austin added: “My hope is that by all of us spreading kindness into the world little by little we can change the world.”