Random Acts of Kindness Project

“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.”
-Vincent Van Gogh

Project Basics

We will all be performing random acts of kindness, big or small, planned or unplanned. Each time a kindness is performed it is written on a strip of paper, which becomes a link in a kindness chain. Place your slip in your class’s RAK basket so that later Ms. Tensen can go through them and add them to the chain. Kindness chains are collected weekly from each class and added to each health classes’ kindness chain. Each health is competing to have the longest kindness chain.

Everything you need is located on table C. Use the black markers to write on the slips of paper and then turn your slip into your class’s labeled RAK baskets. Make sure you put your slips in the right basket and then Ms. Tensen will add them to your class’ kindness chain.

We should do at least one RAK per week if not more (8+ total). At the end of each week we will take time to write a reflection on a RAK Journal sheet answering these three questions:

  1. What did you do for your RAK this week?
  2. How did others feel or how you think they felt?
  3. How did you feel afterwards?

You will keep these RAK journals until the end of the project and then turn them in.

Why do RAK?

An entire movement has been created around people doing kind things as individuals rather than as members of a group. It could mean walking down the street and plugging parking meters, telling your favorite teachers how much you appreciate everything they do by making them a card, giving them a gift certificate, smiling at someone who looks down in the halls. These are all little, unselfish acts that make our world less hostile and more hospitable. And the good news is, it probably makes you feel good doing them.

We live in a world where so much is uncertain. Nature’s random floods and earthquakes destroy homes and entire communities in a flash. Drive-by gangster shootings terrorize entire neighborhoods. These random acts of violence douse hope, call forth anger, and destroy all that is good in us.

When you are uncertain if you can combat this pervasive misery, when you are unsure of what to do next, contribute a random act of kindness.

When you buy an ice cream cone for the kid who just dropped his chocolate scoop, you buy more than ice cream. If you are in a long line of cars and you let someone turn in from a side street, you momentarily turn the asphalt jungle into a safe haven. Letting the stranger behind you (with only one package) go first in the grocery line means there are fewer strangers in the world at that moment. When you take a bunch of pink carnations on a cold winter’s day to the elderly widow at the end of the block, you treat yourself to wisdom beyond your years. And if you take the time to leave a message on a phone machine to cheer up a depressed person, you put a human face on the technology that surrounds (and sometimes threatens) us.

In the process of acting compassionately, you change life for yourself as well as others. You give yourself the power to be a hero, to experience a divine and cleansing moment of unselfishness. For that brief instant, you crash through the darkness of cruelty, ignorance, and mistrust which daily threatens to engulf us.

These Random Acts of Kindness may not end racial hatred, droughts, or murders. But they do throw a counter weight onto the scales where we measure our worth each day. At the end of the day, you’ll know one thing for sure: you chose not to live in the world as it is, but rather as you would like it to be.” - Martin Kimeldorf

Activity 1: Kindness Chains


  • Strips of paper (any color, any type) cut into paper chain links
  • Lists of Random Acts of Kindness ideas


Students perform kind acts, big or small, planned or unplanned. Each time a kindness is performed it is written on a strip of paper, which becomes a link in a kindness chain. This can be done daily or at the end of the week. Place your kindness links in your class’ basket.Kindness chains are collected weekly from each class and added to that classes’ health 9, health 8, or health 7 cumulative kindness chain. Each health class competes to have the longest chain. After the contest is over all chains will be combined to see how long our kindness chain is. Before Christmas break after this project wraps up, we will be watching “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” to see how RAKs fits in with that movie.

Activity 2: Making a List of Possible RAKs

Read examples of Random Acts Of Kindness (RAKs) and have student write down 10 or more RAKs that they could perform in their lives at home, at school, or in the community at large.

Then have them brainstorm other ideas that weren’t already mentioned that they could do for classmates, people they see everyday, neighbors, bus drivers, cafeteria workers, even strangers and share them with the class.

Activity 3: Journal Reflections About Performing RAKs

Perform at least eight Random Acts of Kindness (one per week if not more). On a RAK journal page, document the following for each random act of kindness. They will be keeping these and then turning them all in after Christmas break.

At the end of each week write a reflection with the following information:

  • What did you do for your RAK this week?
  • How did others feel or how you think they felt?
  • How did you feel afterwards?