2018 Acts of Kindness Day

Rio Rancho Celebrates Acts of Kindness Day
Posted on 10/29/2018
Kindness is Free rockHundreds of Rio Rancho residents took a stand against bullying and for civility and kindness at the sixth Acts of Kindness Day, co-sponsored by the RRPS Anti-Bullying Committee and the City of Rio Rancho.   

Girl making link for kindness chainPhoto Gallery – Relive the Day!

Schools and community groups showcased their efforts to promote courtesy and kindness, with plenty of activities for the whole family!   Performing groups kept the crowd entertained as children made “Kindness Bracelets” and rocks, got in touch with their inner superhero, and wrote down something kind they had done for someone else to add to the “chain of kindness.” At Vista Grande’s booth, all comers could pick a number and get a free (and creative) compliment!

Girl hugging dogEven four-footed friends got in on the fun.  Members of the Albuquerque Police Department’s horse patrol were a huge hit, as were the “Tales of Joy” reading therapy dogs who visit schools, libraries, and bookstores to help children learn to read.

Mayor Hull presenting plaque to Cap't. GustinCaptain Bruce Gustin (at right in photo, with Mayor Gregg Hull) received this year’s “Acts of Kindness Award,” given to a school or community member who has made an extraordinary contribution to schools or the community.  Cap't. Gustin is especially known as a champion for AVID, a program for students at all grade levels that helps them learn life skills that lead to success in college or career.

APD horse patrol with tents in the backgroundThe goal of Acts of Kindness Day is simple: to get people to think about how they treat one another and encourage a caring, kind community culture.   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 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.

Superintendent Sue Cleveland, Mayor Hull, RPPD Captain Jason Bowie, and RRPS Executive Director of Student Services Tonna Burgos opened the event, with RRHS sophomore Jonathan Giese acting as MC.