Crafts, Cheers, and Compliments: Acts of Kindness Day
Posted on 10/30/2019
It's often said these days that our society is becoming more hateful and less civil. That may be -- but on Saturday, October 26, hundreds of Rio Rancho residents came together at Haynes Park to say -- at least for a few hours -- that civility isn't dead and kindness reigns.
Acts of Kindness Day, sponsored by Rio Rancho Public Schools and the City of Rio Rancho, is dedicated to one simple idea: to get people to think about how they treat one another and encourage a culture of civility in our community. The event draws its inspiration from Rachel’s Challenge, a program which urges teens to strive for an atmosphere of kindness and compassion in schools and to reject bullying and violence.
Acts of Kindness Day features games and activities for children of all ages, musical performances from student groups, and booths where schools, organizations, and businesses share good things they do for the community and how they try to make Rio Rancho a kind and caring place to live. Rachel’s Challenge is named in honor of Rachel Scott, one of the students killed in the Columbine High School shootings in 1999. In keeping with Rachel’s legacy, Acts of Kindness Day encourages students to reach out to and connect with all of their peers, especially those who might feel ignored or threatened, and to treat each other with courtesy and respect with the ultimate objective of banishing bullying.