TORONTO, April 7, 2014 /CNW/ - Kindness Week, from May 5-9, 2014, is a weeklong series of events and projects designed to empower children
and youth through acts of kindness. In its inaugural year, the project
has already become a great success, showing the appetite that students
have to demonstrate how kind they are. Toronto City Hall will proclaim
the week of May 5th, 2014 as Kindness Week and the Toronto District School Board is a
partner in the project.
As part of the many planned events, a group of students will challenge
each Toronto Mayoral candidate to perform an act of kindness and post
it to the Kindness Week Facebook page.
The Doing Kind Project, a volunteer team and emerging non-profit, focused on helping students
perform and celebrate kindness, has conceived of and developed this
During the week, thousands of students across the city will showcase
their core character strength of kindness with deliberate and random
acts of kindness. A detailed playbook at kindnessweek.ca is available to support students in choosing their acts. Kindness Clubs
are being created to ensure that students have the necessary support to
celebrate kindness one week at a time.
A focus on kindness has been shown scientifically to not only reduce
stress, but also support stronger social connections and increase
physical and emotional well-being. Overall students are kind and caring
and recognition and celebration of that character strength can help
ensure greater success in life. Kindness Week will also be used to
perform a scientific survey in the hopes of showing a measurable impact
on a student's well-being through acts of kindness.
While the acts of students will take place across the city, the Doing
Kind Project team is also taking students out to some high-profile
On Monday morning, May 5th, from 8-9am, Kindness Week will kick-off with a launch at Union
Station. Students will greet commuters to give them a drink and treat
to help them on their way to work. Those commuters will also be
challenged by the students to commit an act of kindness.
On Tuesday at 9:30am, May 6th, Toronto City Hall will proclaim the week as Kindness Week and honour
some of the people who have been instrumental in making this week a
success. At that time a group of students will challenge all Toronto mayoral
candidates to do an act of kindness within 24 hours and post to the
Kindness Week facebook page.
On Wednesday, May 7th, the Doing Kind Project team will be present at the TDSB/York
University Social Justice conference. A special award of excellence
will be presented to Donna Quan, the TDSB Director of Education.
On Thursday, May 8th from 4:30pm-6pm, students will be at Terminal 1 Arrivals of Toronto
Pearson Airport greeting visitors in a very unique way that will show
everyone the kindness of Toronto students.
On Friday, May 9th, winners of the creative arts contest will be announced showcasing the
creativity of students who will express their ideas of kindness in
Kindness Week is the first program of the Doing Kind Project team, a new
organization focused on increasing the health of students through a
focus on positive character strengths. Future projects will include
specific character strength curriculum, workshops and other events to
promote stronger social connections and well-being.
SOURCE: Doing Kind Project
For further information:
Executive Director, the Doing Kind Project