One of the prevailing messages we try to convey at Tuscan School is to ROAR, “respect others and act responsibly”. We have introduced ROAR books and the ROAR Book in the Bag program. We have had wonderful speakers, like Kathryn Otoshi (author of the books, One and Zero), and Trudy Ludwig (author of Sorry!, Invisible Boy, Too Perfect, My Secret Bully, and many more books on kindness, bullying, healthy and unhealthy relationships).
With such a caring community of educators, administrators, parents, and such a fine group of students, it’s no surprise that Mrs. Sinclair and I sought to spearhead another initiative to promote kindness, the Tuscan PayItForward Challenge. With your help and guidance, we are inviting our students to commit random acts of kindness and in doing so, go one step further - invite others to
Soon, your child will bring home a laminated card that reads, the Tuscan Payitforward Challenge. The idea is simple. When he or she does something kind and considerate for a friend, relative, or neighbor, he or she passes on the Tuscan PayItForward Challenge card. The card instructs the recipient what to do next. The recipient of the kind act is invited to email and report the act of kindness at the tuscanpayitforward gmail address. When the email is received, the act will be posted on the TuscanPayItForward blog. In the meantime, the recipient of the act of kindness is invited to “pay it forward”; that is, spread the kindness to the next person, and pass the card along so that the next recipient can email the next act, and it can be posted on the blog. We will see how far the kindness spreads. We can see if we can make the world a little bit better. There is no time like the present to take a chance on something that can have a far-reaching effect for the good. There is no urgency in having to pass the card on. I am sure you will agree that we should all show consideration and respect whenever possible, and there is no time constraint on passing the card. It occurs from wanting kindness to spread.
Be on the look out for the laminated card which we hope will pack a powerful punch, that is to say, has a powerful effect. We can only try. Why not try to do something positive to make the world a better place.
Claire Sinclair & Roberta Baltin