By: Hunter Wain
AHS School Leadership teacher Ms. Rebecca Richard and Humanities teacher Mrs. Kelly Reed brought the 26 Acts of Kindness challenge to AHS in recognition of the one year anniversary of the victims lost in the Sandy Hook shooting.
The 26 Acts of Kindness focuses on ways for people to complete random acts of kindness for others around them. The teachers created a Weebly website where anyone, including students and educators could sign up to say they were taking the challenge. A twitter hash tag, #26actsahs, was created so people could tweet about what they had done.
Richard said it definitely made an impact on the community. She said that people in the community knew what the Acts of Kindness challenge was. She also said that some of her past students were tweeting things they had done for their Acts of Kindness.
The 26 Acts of Kindness is “an initiative to help spread love and kindness to remind people that even though awful things happen, humanity triumphs,” said Richard.
AHS sophomore Johanna Gonzalez said that she found out about the 26 Acts of Kindness because of the announcement at school. Acts of Kindness can be little things like holding the door open for someone.
“I haven’t done anything that I would not normally do,” said AHS sophomore Lexis Costa. The challenge was supposed to end on Dec. 14 but Reed said that the community took it so well that now it is indefinitely continuing around AHS.
“I had my son pass out cookies to people randomly one morning,” said English teacher Mrs. Anna Cordeiro.
Math teacher Ms. Lori Carless said that it was very moving to her when all the students walked silently to their next class to pay tribute to the victims.
Reed started the 26 Acts of Kindness because a good friend of hers teaches at Sandy Hook and lives in a community near the school. Reed said that this challenge has made people more aware of the many kindnesses around them.
One hundred fifteen people signed up to commit to the 26 Acts of Kindness challenge. Students and members of the community can still sign up for the 26 Acts of Kindness at 26actsahs.weebly.com.