Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Day 333: Recorded A Video

One of the coolest and most unexpected aspects to this year has been the opportunity to meet with or interact with classrooms around the country.  I try to oblige any request to speak to classes because one of my core beliefs is that if we are going to change the world, it has to start by making a positive impact on the next generation.  It is extremely humbling to have the chance to talk about my story and the mission of 366 Random Acts, and I am still taken aback that people want to hear me speak (although many of my friends say that I love the sound of my own voice).  Whether it is going in person to speak to the kids at Kelly High School here in Chicago, or sending an email to the students at Challenger Intermediate School in Goddard, Kansas, I will do it.  In late September, I received an email from Katie Netland, a school teacher at East Junior High in Mankato, Minnesota and she had a request for me.  Mrs. Netland, a communications teacher for 7th and 8th graders at East Junior High, has started "Good People Friday" where she highlights generosity and kindness in the world so that her students can see how much of it is out there.  She told me that each Friday, she spends 3-5 minutes on topics relating to kindness, and asked me if I would be interested in doing a random act for her by recording a video to show the kids.  In the video, I would highlight the story of 366 Random Acts and challenge her students to perform their own kindness, be it once a day, once a week, once a quarter, whatever.  So today, for my random act of kindness, I recorded a video and sent it over to Mrs. Netland so that she can show her students on an upcoming "Good People Friday."  And if any of the students from East Junior High are reading this, I expect my inbox ( to be flooded with random acts!

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