History of the Random Acts of Kindness Club at
Cedarcrest High School
By Peggy Filer, RAK Staff Advisor
1990s -Kerry Gould, former CHS Health
teacher, showed a copy of Oprah’s RAK episode. She then
assigned students an act of kindness.
Samantha Ritter and Hadley Rose, two senior girls, asked me to be
the sponsor of a new club at Cedarcrest. They said it was the
Random Acts of Kindness Club. When I asked what we would do,
they laughed and said, “We don’t know – it’s random!!” Our
first meeting had 5 people plus me.
products drive every November to help a local non-profit,
members gives out
“I AM LOVED” buttons every Valentine’s Day to the whole student
body. This started around 2002 when two girls said “I hate
Valentine’s Day.” When I asked why they said, “Because nobody
loves me.” I said, “Shut up!! I love you” and gave them
each a red I AM LOVED button my husband had gotten from a jewelry
store. Every year since then the manager has given me over 800
buttons to give the kids. It’s a great tradition!
Christensen, Super Parent, Amazing Volunteer, and Expert Spotlight
PR person writes amazing articles about our club for the local
papers. Without her, nobody except the students would know we
exist!! Click on the fallowing link to read her articles,
Duvall Random Acts of Kindness
spring for the past several years the RAK kids play
Miracle League Baseball where
they are the “buddies” playing baseball with children with
disabilities. The kids LOVE this one. We usually have students
from other clubs join us because it has such a fun reputation.
2004 - Bought a foster
child a bicylce.
local superwoman, Connie Berg, to create Random Acts of Kindness Week in Duvall and
surrounding communities. She also has an awesome website,
a woman in Vincennes, Indiana saw. After she contacted Connie,
who contacted me, this middle school teacher started a Random Acts
of Kindness Club
at her middle school. Connie was inspired after reading about
Cedarcrest RAK activities in the local paper.
a tradition of going to
the local Mexican restaurant once a month or so and eat together as
a group. When we’re finished we pool a few extra dollars and
pick a table to buy their meals. It has been so fun for the
kids to see the reaction. The last time we were there, 16 of
us were enjoying ourselves eating and treating, and the owner came
up and said someone had treated ALL of us! We were shocked and
one freshman boy said, “Now we know how it feels! I want to be
kind all day!” Read
Cedarcest Students Find that Kindness is Truly Contagious by
Leanne Christensen to find out more.
BUSTED on our school website. Staff, and sometimes
students, catch someone being kind and bust them. They then
get their picture and a short description of their kindness on the
website. Kids love being busted! This website was inspired by
a school (Kenston High School) in Chagrin Falls Ohio, and
Cedarcrest’s Mr. Hall was kind enough to lend his support and train
his students to help.
the downtown area of our home town, Duvall, WA to clean up. We got groovy
orange vests and nifty nappers so we look very cool picking up our
town. The kids and staff really enjoy this. I especially
enjoy working with my garbage girls, Debra Frost, our registrar, and
her sister, Linda Bjornsen, our head secretary. They ALWAYS
volunteer to help.
In the fall of 2011, Leanne Christensen nominated our Random Acts of Kindness group
at Cedarcrest High School for the Kindness Challenge and was told
that out of 55 nominations, we were one of the three winners! They
sent a videographer all the way from San Francisco, to film us “in
action” on April 27. That same day we had our first ever Random Acts
of Kindness assembly to honor everyone who has helped spread
kindness in our community. There was a competition to benefit
Hopelink in Carnation between all sixth period classes during the
week of April 23-27, 2012. We collected the basic necessities –
nonperishable food, gently used clothing, and personal products. The
class with the greatest amount of donations was honored at the
assembly and treated to cookies from the C.H.S. Cookie Patrol. The
goal was for each class will come to the assembly carrying pounds of
items and fill the gym floor with donations. The next week, a total
of 11 students donated their time into helping Mrs. Filer unload a
massive amount of clothes and products for Hopelink out of the back
of the delivery truck. There were a lot of items donated by
Cedarcrest students. Read
for 'Good' Visit Cedarcrest" by
$3,500 for a well in Africa in the Spring of 2011.
Cedarcrest RAK Club is one of three
national winners selected from the
Acts of Kindness Foundation, which recognizes kindness.
a Kindness Week at Cedarcrest High School to coincide with Random Acts
of Kindness Week in Duvall, WA.
We did 500 Acts of Kindness and donated 65 coats, in addition to
encouraging kids to switch seats at lunch, giving cookies and pizza
to unsuspecting kids at lunch, Be Extra Kind to Freshman Day,
Gratitude Day, etc.
Multiple Clubs at Cedarcrest come together to promote
kindness at our school during the Month of March. To learn more read
2013 - Random Act of
Kindness Week (March 4-8)
Manners Monday- Be extra polite
to each other. Go a little crazy!
T-shirt Tuesday – Wear your RAK T-shirt or anything red.
Wednesday – Bring a can of food for Hopelink Wednesday and come
dance with us in the gym during advisory. It will be
amazing. After school we are hosting the Eagle Rock kids
doing an art project in the LRC here. Please sign up in
Mrs. Filer’s room to help be a “Big Buddy” from 2 – 2:30PM
Thursday – Write a letter of gratitude to a family member,
friend, or former school worker who has inspired you. 3PM
– Groovy Orange Vest clean up. Sign up in Filer’s room.
Friday – Be extra nice to
freshmen! Ixtapa at 2:20!