Renee Dee, founder of Peak for Kids, is bringing the Kindness Campaign to the Sugar Grove Park District before-and-after-school CARE program. Renee was a guest speaker at the CARE programs at John Shields Elementary School and McDole Elementary School, and she plans to visit the two Kaneland elementary schools in Elburn in the next few weeks.
Kindness Campaign 2013 is a community collaboration dedicated to encouraging and promoting acts of kindness and keeping our kids connected and involved in our community. When Renee met with Karen Pritchard at the Sugar Grove Park District about the program, they soon developed a plan to get the message out to the CARE children.
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The Kindness Campaign message "Be Nice, Be Happy" is on t-shirts, stickers, postcards, table tents that Renee brings along with her when she visits the CARE programs. She says the message is a friendly, easy, simple reminder to choose to be nice.
"Being nice to others makes them happy. And the special secret is that being nice to others makes you happy too!" said Renee to the children. "It also makes you strong. Practicing being nice builds your inside muscles. Some people call these muscles your heart, spirit, or soul. Doing acts of kindness builds these inside muscles and makes you strong."
The children at CARE plan to spread this message by making rubber band bracelets with the lime green and navy colors of the Kindness Campaign. When they complete a bracelet, the children will give it away with a note to someone as an act of kindness.
For more information about the Kindness Campaign, contact Renee 630-466-8880 or peakforkids.org.