H.O.W. : Spread the Word About the 365/365 Challenge

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billybuc Has Another Wonderful Idea - Let's Help It Grow!

A fellow hubber, billybuc, has challenged us all to the H.O.W. To Make A Difference: The 365/365 Challenge. He suggests that we do an act of kindness each day for every day of the year. I recently wrote a hub inspired by Ann Curry from NBC News. She suggested that people do 26 acts of kindness in memory of the victims of the shootings in Connecticut. I wrote about 26 things people could do in support of that challenge. I sat down here tonight to try and suggest 365 things – but then decided that I really didn’t have the energy for that tonight! Instead, this is what I came up with…

I am going to try to find ways to make this idea spread. When the shootings in Connecticut happened I, like everyone else, wanted to do something to make this stop. I don’t have a lot of clout. I don’t know a lot of politicians. I waver on my gun control arguments. I didn’t know what to do. Then Ann Curry began talking about her 26 Acts of Kindness…and then William Holland, aka billybuc, wrote about his 365/365 and I thought – now that is something I can do.

And I can talk about these ideas – I can spread the ideas of others and make sure people hear about these wonderful ideas. I can do my small part and do an act of kindness every day. I can encourage my students and my coworkers to do the same.

When I return to school after the holiday break, I am going to talk about acts of kindness to my students. I am not going to go into the Connecticut shootings, my students are way too young for that. If they bring it up, I will discuss it with them, but I won’t bring it up. But I can talk to them about how to help each other. I can tell them that it makes us feel good to help others. I can tell them things they can do and then we can do some things around the school that would show just what acts of kindness really means. I can do some kindness for each of my students and then ask them to pass that act on to at least one other person.

I can also talk to my coworkers – the teachers, psychologist, nurse, social worker, principal, custodian, lunch aides – and encourage them to do an act of kindness each day. To have their students, their patients, the children they work with in all of the ways they work with children, do an act of kindness each day, as well. We can have students make posters to put up around the school to remind them to do their act of kindness. We can add an act of kindness of the day to the daily announcements to encourage others. We can get the students talking about it and see if it can spread that way.

I can start An Act of Kindness Club that can encourage children and teachers to come up with different ways to spread kindness throughout our community. We can find ways to earn money so that we can buy food, clothing, or other needed items for those in the community who need them. We can let the children come up with the ideas and run with them. By doing that, the children will buy into it and do more than we, as adults, could ever think of. Children have the blessing of not knowing that some things are impossible and therefore will try in anything.

By doing these few things, I can do my small part of helping to spread the word of 365 acts of kindness through my community. Maybe by doing my small part and encouraging others to do their own small part, we can spread kindness – and not fear – throughout our country. This won’t stop all of the violence in our world, but maybe – just maybe – it will give the media something else to talk about. Something else to concentrate on. Something else for all of us to think about. Maybe, just maybe, we can bring back that pride that we once had in our country.

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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

An Act of Kindness Club! I love it....what a great idea! Thank you so much for caring so much....your compassion fills me with happiness and hope.

Happy New Year my dear friend!


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justateacher 3 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

Bill - I would not have thought of this if not for you! Thank you for reading!


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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

Sounds like a plan. Best of luck toward your successes.


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justateacher 3 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

Thanks for reading Mhatter! I'm gonna try hard to make it successful!


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida

Those are all excellent ideas. By spreading the word throughout the community, the movement can grow like wild fire!


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justateacher 3 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

That's what I'm hoping for brave warrior!


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

A brilliant hub so full of positive ways to make this cause grow and blossom.

I vote up,across and share all around.

Eddy.


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sunflowerforests 3 years ago from The light in the forest of doubt.

Excellent idea here. Thank you for this hub and for highlighting billybuc's hub too.


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justateacher 3 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

Thanks Eddy! That means a lot from you!


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justateacher 3 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

Thanks for reading sunflowerforests! I love billybuc and his ideas! I will share them often!


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Denise Handlon 3 years ago from North Carolina

Beautiful idea-I hope it spreads around the world. I'll do my part by sharing this with those I'm connected with. :)


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Rusticliving 3 years ago from California

I see trees of green........ red roses too

I see em bloom..... for me and for you

And I think to myself.... what a wonderful world.

I see skies of blue..... clouds of white

Bright blessed days....dark sacred nights

And I think to myself .....what a wonderful world.

The colors of a rainbow.....so pretty ..in the sky

Are also on the faces.....of people ..going by

I see friends shaking hands.....sayin.. how do you do

They're really sayin......"I love you."

I hear babies cry...... I watch them grow

They'll learn much more.....than I'll never know

And I think to myself .....what a wonderful world

It starts with one and finishes with all. Thank you Bill and thank you Jusatateacher for sharing this. Happy New Year ♥


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justateacher 3 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

Thank you for reading and for sharing Denise!


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justateacher 3 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

Rusticliving....love that song! Thanks for reading....it was Bill who started all of this...I'm just trying to help keep it going! Hope you have a great New Year, as well!


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L.L. Woodard 3 years ago from Oklahoma City

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not. ~Dr. Seuss

Thanks for spreading Bill's idea and adding your individual spin on it. I'm certainly going to give the 365 idea a try.

Great hub; voted up and Shared.


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justateacher 3 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

L.L. - thanks for reading and sharing!


Ausseye 3 years ago

An idea that makes the world a better place is gold that glitters in the vast universe. Just like the idea of what I am aware was an administrator of a particularly cruel Chinese emperor during the life time of Confucius (364 BC) and he called it Chi. The idea was that humankind lived along one river bank and were atune with its flow. Now if you put poison in it upstream, those down stream would be effected adversely causing grief and destruction, not necessarily would that grief and mayhem come upstream to effect the original prisoner, meaning the emperor or others. Now if you put kindness in the river the same occurs and multiplies, a thing worthy to remember. One act of kindness has multiple implications, so 365 could leave us devastated with kindness, what a glorious light to shine out into our universe. Love the idea that is alive through the ages.


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justateacher 3 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

Ausseye...thanks for reading! I love your story! I'm going to tell it to my students! Thanks for sharing it!

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