Random Acts of Kindness


Sydney Hoover

The Random Acts of Kindness board is displayed in the FACS hallway across from FACS teacher Caroline Friday’s room. Students can come to the board, pick a card and follow the instructions given to show a friend a random act of kindness.

Maya Bascom , Staff Reporter

The definition of kindness is “the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate.” Sounds simple, right? If the definition is that simple and easy to comprehend, than the actual act must be simple as well. Wrong.

Simple acts of kindness can be hard to come by. This is why FACS teacher Caroline Friday took it upon herself to create a poster filled with “Random Acts of Kindness” to help spread positivity and acts of kindness throughout the school.

“In my teaching as a career class, we were making bulletin boards when I came across the random acts of kindness idea on Pinterest and I really started to like it,” Friday said. “I thought it would be a nice idea.”

The way the board works is anyone can take a card from the board located next to Friday’s room and do the act of kindness listed on the board. After doing the act of kindness, Friday thinks it would be a good idea for each student who takes a card to take a picture of either their card or the board itself.

“I tried to get people to post a picture, either of the card or the act of kindness itself, hopefully anonymously to keep the acts random,” Friday said.

So far, Friday does not think many people have heard about the board or have taken action to complete a random act of kindness.

“I have not [heard of many people doing the acts of kindness] unfortunately… but I have noticed that about 6-10 card holders are empty so hopefully that means that people are at least looking at them… [but] I still wish that more people knew about the board.”

The students who do know about the board, like sophomore Kendall Schmitt, think that the board has a positive effect on them.

“Every time I walk past the board, it reminds me that I’m not the only person who could be having a bad day and that I shouldn’t be obsessing over my own feelings, but trying to improve someone else’s day instead,”  Schmitt said. “I have not yet done an act of kindness from the board, but I plan to in the future.”

Even if only half of the Desoto High School students took it upon themselves to do an act of kindness then the community itself would improve tremendously.