Over the next three weeks, the Moses Brown Student Senate invites all members of the MB community (students, faculty, and staff) to engage in a “Random Act of Kindness” exercise to honor the memory of the 20 students and 6 educators of Sandy Hook Elementary School. Read a letter from the Senate below which describes how you can participate:
On December 14 2012, 20 students and 6 staff members were fatally shot at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. This senseless random act of violence permanently scarred the emotional well being of many innocent citizens and raised some serious questions about gun laws in our country.
This tragedy affected so many. As a way of dealing with the pain and sadness, communities around the country have found unique ways to pay tribute to the innocent children and staff of Sandy Hook who lost their lives on that fateful day. Last spring, Theo Murray (Tolman HS baseball coach) organized a baseball game between Tolman HS and Newton HS at McCoy Stadium to help enlighten the spirits of a stricken community. All proceeds from the game went towards a memorial in Newtown. Recently, MB sophomore Hannah O. shared with the Student Senate a gesture that was done by her local high school in Attleboro, Mass. – 26 random acts of kindness in memory of the 26 people who died in Newtown on 12/14/2012. This concept originated with an internet challenge from NBC News correspondent, Ann Curry. The Senate quickly embraced this intriguing idea with a few Moses Brown added twists.
We encourage you to share your random act of kindness by posting it on the upper school Opinion Board (temporarily being renamed the Random Act of Kindness Board) with a brief description of what, where, and when using the provided index cards and push pins. Signing the card is optional – the actual act of kindness is more important than who performed it.
On Friday, March 14, the Student Senate will collect all the postings. Using variety as the main criteria, the Senate will then choose a “final 26” and make a presentation that will be shared after spring break.
The Senate respectfully asks that you follow the guidelines listed below when making a post:
MOSES BROWN – SANDY HOOK 26 RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS
1. FACTS – Please clearly list the what , where , and when of your act of kindness on the provided index cards or a piece of paper.
2. RESPECT – This is a community wide activity designed to publically honor the memory of those who lost their lives at Sandy Hook. There is no room on the Opinion Board for any posts that are, sarcastic, insulting, or not true. All posts should be honest and genuine.
3. VARIETY – The Senate recognizes that many acts of kindness could easily take place on the Moses Brown campus. However, to ensure more spontaneity and creativity, please consider the value of doing something off campus, out of your “comfort zone”.
4. COMMENTS – Although the Opinion Board is being used, the “Random Acts of Kindness” posts are not opinions and are therefore not inviting written reactions. Please refrain from putting comments on any post.
5. SHARING – Please make an effort to stop by the opinion board once a day. You may be surprised what you see!
6. FREQUENCY – You can make more than one post if you perform more than one act of kindness!
7. ENDING DATE – All posts will be taken down at 3pm on Friday March 14.
Your Student Senate
Josh J., Benji P., Eric C., Conor F., Charlotte F., Reed B., Margaret C., Max H., Cole T., Andrew B., Liz K., Sara G., Sydney H., Nainoa N.
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