A very dear friend of mine is the Advisor for the Early Act Club at one of our local elementary schools. Early Act is a community service club that is supported by Rotary international. All three of my children have been members of the Early Act Club. I was very fortunate to be able to witness many of the community service projects these boys and girls accomplish throughout a school year. They are a remarkable bunch of children.
My friend invited me to the Early Act meeting last Friday to share the #taggedbykindness project with this year’s club. I was extremely excited to be able to bring this little project, that is growing by leaps and bounds, out into the community. I was hoping that the kids would love it.
Due to time constraints we decided that creating the tags with markers would be the easiest way to accomplish our mission. Each student received a tag to decorate any way they pleased. We encouraged the boys and girls to include a cheery message as the Club would be delivering these tags the following week to one of our local nursing homes. Each student was given one of my tags as a small gift that they could keep or give away as a thank you.
I was overjoyed how the children embraced this project. The cheery messages they wrote on their tags were so positive and heartfelt. Their excitement was contagious. My friend and I were amazed at the level of creativity that these kids have. A few of the messages really touched my heart. To see these boys and girls put so much care and love into these tags is exactly why I started this project.
Over the last few months #taggedbykindness has started to grow wings of its own. I have swapped tags with artists from Illinois, Maine and Nebraska. We’re sharing positivity across the miles. The ripple effect is amazing. We can learn a lot from these children and how they embraced the concept of brightening someone else’s day. Imagine if everyone took a moment and gave it a try. What a beautiful universe we’d create!
For more information on the #taggedkindness project and how you can become a “Carrier of Kindness” please drop me a line.