Recently the Random Acts of Kindness Club at Cedarcrest High School won a national award given by the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation based in Denver.
Two weeks ago a video describing our club was posted on YouTube that was created by Storytellers for Good, a company that makes non-profit groups look wonderful.
We have gotten enormous amounts of positive feedback, but I wanted to thank and honor the people who got this whole movement started at CHS and in Duvall.
First, I would like to mention Kerry Gould, former health teacher at CHS, who started the RAK assignment in 1997 for every freshman. We continue that to this day.
Then in 2000, two CHS seniors, Hadley Rose and Samantha Ritter, asked if I would be the advisor for a new club they wanted to create – the Random Acts of Kindness Club. I said sure, what will we do, and they laughed and said they didn’t really know – it was random.
Later, Connie Berg, a wonderful local woman, saw several articles about our club in the newspaper. After the extended power outage of 2007 she created RAK Week in Duvall, which has subsequently spread to Carnation, Woodinville and Monroe.
Finally, I want to honor Leanne Christensen for her continued enthusiasm, support, and newspaper articles about the RAK Club. It was Leanne who last fall nominated us on the RAK Foundation website for the Extreme Kindness Challenge. She promptly forgot about it until they called her in January and said that out of 55 nominations nationwide, we were one of the three winners.
The RAK Club has been active for 12 years, but Leanne took the time to shine the spotlight on us and we are very grateful.
CHS has continually supported the RAK movement with their actions and enthusiasm. The school website has a section called BUSTED for KINDNESS where staff or students can “bust” someone for a kind act they’ve seen or received.
Mr. Doug Hall and student Tyler Butler continually update that section. Additionally, student Kelsey Jaap has updated our RAK website with useful information including how to start a new RAK Club.
We’ve been contacted by a teacher in Vincennes, Indiana and a student in Shanghai, China who are starting clubs. Two of the current CHS exchange students from Germany have participated all year and they say they will start clubs at their schools when they return home.
The RAK video can be accessed through the CHS website, www.chs.riverview.wednet.edu. Although there were only a few of us interviewed, there are hundreds of others who make or have made this group successful. Thank you to you all.
Cedarcrest High School RAK Club advisor