Sunday, February 26, 2012
Random Acts of Kindness Week
The week before RAK week, children throughout the school decorated brown grocery bags from a neighborhood grocery store as well as the Good Food Store. The idea was that we could share a smile by brightening up a day. And what better way to brighten a day than to brighten grocery bags. The bags were going to be given out during RAK week. On Monday, the Girraffe Family and the Rockin' Raccoons walked down to Orange Street Food Farm with two goals. First, get ingredients to bake a surprise for a mission. Second, have the ingredients bagged in one of our beautifully decorated bags. Well, all I can say was mission accomplished. The next day we used our ingredients to make little pizzas. The children spread sauce onto pita bread, they took turns shredding cheese on top, and the delicious concoctions were baked in a handy toaster oven. Each child stood tall as a cape was placed on them, and they happily made the couple block walk to the Food Farm. We wanted to thank the Food Farm for all they do for our school. Of course, they let us decorate the bags to distribute during Random Acts of Kindness Week. But they also are always so friendly to us when we randomly show up with large groups of children wishing to purchase some groceries for a project. And I have to be honest, we do that a lot. During our last trip, the bakery lady came out and gave us all a cookie - all 17 of us. We took the pizzas straight back to the bakery, and boy were they surprised and very excited to see we were not only thanking them, but bringing them lunch! We also brought a card to thank all of the employees for helping our children embrace being part of our community.
Our last mission of the week was a fun one. When someone asked what we were planning, we replied that we were hopping on a bus, each child with a flower in hand from the bundle donated by Bitterroot, and we were going to see what happens. And we were serious. We had a few ideas of who we wanted to hit, and knew there was City Hall, the police station, the bus transfer center, and the Courthouse at the bus stop, so we were going to see where the mood struck. We of course gave a flower to the driver as well as fellow passengers. Getting off the bus, we decided it felt right to walk into the courthouse and give flowers to the people at the Motor Vehicle Devision. Yep, the DMV. The children handed flowers to the employees as well as the the couple of patrons. I can tell you, having sat there waiting to renew my insurance and plates on a few occasions, I have never seen so many smiles in that room before! Definitely worth the adventure. We were able to add a bonus adventure as we waited for our bus home - we wiped down a couple of the bus stop benches. Boy howdy, did they need it, too! On our walks we received several honks, some from parents at the school who saw us and some by people we don't know but who either just liked the capes or knew who we were.