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Thank you for making Kindness Week a continued success!

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"The wonderful thing about kindness is that it’s totally contagious"

“Kindness Week” activities may be generated from even the simplest acts: a smile, holding a door open, a compliment.  Think about how we may be kinder to those around us: donate unneeded clothing, deliver a home cooked meal, visit someone in the hospital.

Click here for other ideas for kindness activities!

Above, Kindness week in Calaveras County. Photo: Calaveras Unified

In 2010, with the help of Calaveras County Superintendent of Schools John Brophy and school district superintendents, all 22 Calaveras County Public schools participated in the Seeds of Kindness Ribbon Project. Schools selected their campus “Kindness Crusader,” who were in charge of distributing ribbons and offering direction.  In addition to the public schools, Christian Family Learning Center participated and served in a leadership role, helping spread seeds of kindness into the worship communities throughout Calaveras County and beyond.


To assist them, each school received a “Kindness Participation Kit”, including an official diamond shape, yellow Kindness Zone sign to post at the entrance to the school, or include in meetings and assemblies, a Kindness Zone proclamation, 600-feet of light-blue ribbon, logo art, Kindness ribbons with pins, instruction cards, a CD with  information about the Ripples Project and for making additional copies, and a list of kindness activities, opportunities and participation ideas, as well as contact information regarding where to go for additional information or supplies.

Above: Members of the Young Adult Bible Study group keeping Kindness Kits on track!

Instructions for using the Kindness ribbons are simple: Sign your ribbon. When you notice someone demonstrating kindness, give him your ribbon to wear asking him to “pass it forward”. At the end of “Kindness Week”, place your ribbon where others will see it, reminding them to be kind, or mail your signature-filled ribbon and kindness story to “The Seeds of Kindness”, P.O. Box 677, Murphys,CA  95247.  These ribbons will be showcased in the Calaveras County Office of Education, local schools and City Hall after the event.

Participation is voluntary and free of charge! Through generous donations, the “Seeds of Kindness’ Committee can continue their work and finance all of the supplies. In 2013, donations were received from the Calaveras County Office of Education, Mark Twain St. Joseph’s Hospital, Weber, Ghio & Associates, Inc., Jane Bottomley,  Alan and Teri Grant, Bret Harte High School’s Interact Club, Debbie and Craig Lovett, Rabo Bank, Calaveras Lumber,  Foothill Community Church and Christian Family Learning Center of Angels Camp, Murphys-Angels Lions Club, Albert Michelson School Activities Fund - Student Council Account, Kathy Northington, Doug & Kathi Grover, Bank of Rio Vista,  Umpqua Bank, US Bank, BBVA /Compass Bank, Merita Callaway, Supervisor District 3, Laura Bowly Design and many other kind donors.

Click here to make your own donation.

In addition to kindness activities, schools are encouraged to hold “Kindness Hero” essay contests. Here is an overview of the model program “Kindest Kansas Citian”    

Please join us in helping spread the ripples of kindness throughout Calaveras County!

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