May 8, 2013

RAK Club: Cards for Soldiers

During my first few years of teaching, I read a book by Ron Clark called The Essential 55. Besides being an extremely entertaining story, Ron talks about 55 'life rules' that he imparted to his students each year. 

The one rule that really stood out to me was Rule 11: "Surprise others by performing random acts of kindness. Go out of your way to do something surprisingly kind and generous for someone at least once a month. " My students and I decided that we would brainstorm and do a RAK (Random Act of Kindness) each month at our school and it turned out to be one of the most enjoyable parts of our year. While not technically *random,* these act were a great way to teach my students the value of being kind to others.

Want to join the club? Each month, we are going to highlight a different RAK that you can do with your class. You can choose to do this or any RAK of your choosing. Don't forget to come back and share with us how it went! 

This month's RAK:

Here's some ideas:
  • Make cards or drawings and send them to the A Million Thanks organization. They have drop-off points or a mailing address that you can send the card to and they will in turn send them overseas. 
  • Give the cards to a local church who has a member overseas. They often send care packages and well-wishes to these local heros.
  • Have your students create pictures books to send over. This could be a writing-extension activity. 
  • Create simple art-projects that are holiday-themed if a holiday is approaching (remember to start early as it takes a few weeks for the mail to get from your school to the military bases). 
    It's your turn now! Go brainstorm a RAK with your class or use the one found here. Then come back and tell us how it went! 

    Need more R.A.K. ideas? Search through our past ideas here.

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