What started as a student project to prevent bullying during National Bullying Prevention Month has turned into a culture-changing crusade.
Students and staff members in the Milford School District, through Bayhealth’s Wellness Center at Milford Senior High School, have launched Students for a Million Acts of Kindness (SMAK), an effort to promote kindness among students, staff and the community.
Since the kick-off event on October 15, 2013, students have documented more than 350,000 acts of kindness. If they reach a million acts of kindness, staff members at the school have promised to do outrageous things to motivate and support the students. For instance, Wellness Center Counselor Suzanne L. Chafin has promised to shave her head, and other staff members plan to participate in fun and motivating activities as well.
As part of the project, students are encouraged to participate daily in individual or group acts of kindness that they record through the Milford School District website. Individual acts of kindness can be as simple as holding the door open for someone with a smile. Each school club has a SMAK Ambassador who helps drive kindness projects, such as food drives and sending kind notes to others. Through the year, students will receive awards for reaching milestones on the way to the one million mark.
“I have definitely noticed a climate change as a whole throughout the school,” Chafin said. “It’s amazing to see the morale build among the students and see how it’s affecting the adults here as well.”
Students, staff and family/adults are able to enter student acts of kindness in four ways:
• School website: www.milfordschooldistrict.org (click Kindness Project, then SMAK tally)
• Twitter: @MilfordSMAK, #MilfordSMAK
• Facebook: www.facebook.com/milford.smak
• SMAK Tally Website: http://sites.google.com/site/mhswellness