Kindness is a fundamental characteristic of good will in human nature that makes people feel happy and loved. Showing kindness, regardless of the magnitude of the act, is one of the best ways to positively influence people around you. Small acts that are habitual in your daily life are greatly appreciated by their recipients—simply giving a compliment or buying lunch for a friend would brighten their day.
RAK week is an NHS-led the event, in collaboration with Student Council, Tri-M, Blueprint, and many other clubs.
“KISRAK (KIS random acts of kindness) is a week dedicated to showing inclusivity, spread warmth, and of course, to promote kindness. We should be kind at all times, but it is important to have a week devoted to kindness because it is a friendly reminder that anyone can easily brighten up another individual’s mood anytime by doing a simple act of kindness.” – Selena Kim (‘18)
It is difficult to show and appreciate the generosity when overwhelmed with stress and pressure, which is exactly the current mental state of students. The week back from Lunar break was rather aggravating with series of summative assignments, as well as multiple projects and loads of homework crammed in one day. Our KIS community as a whole definitely needed what RAK week is meant for—acts of kindness to cheer up everyone’s agitated mood.
Every morning during RAK week, hot cocoa and Vita500 were prepared by NHS and Student Council to make an energetic start to everyone’s day. Students, teachers, and staff members were spotted everywhere in school with a smile, sipping on their RAK week refreshments! Kind messages and compliments from students filled the hallways, reminding everyone of how much they are appreciated and loved in our KIS community.
“You’re amazing”, “You got this”, “Looking great today!”.
All messages on notes around the school and on the whiteboard acted as self-esteem boosters, brightening everyone’s day with the warmth the messages held.
When someone received a random act of kindness, he/she did a random act of kindness to someone else, creating a cycle of generosity. The point was to appreciate such kindness and give back by further spreading it.
Numerous appreciation posts were uploaded on various social media platforms of chocolate provided by NHS, snacks given by fellow students, the artsy bumper stickers, and other random acts of kindness around the school. The bumper stickers were very popular, attracting everyone with their trendy design and cute messages of encouragement. Students stuck them onto their computers, bags, on their clothes, and on the back of their phones, having the message “stick around” throughout their entire day.
The highlights of RAK week were surely the Sing-O-Gram hosted by Tri-M and the surprise dance performance from Blackout. The Sing-O-Gram was a sweet event for people to show their affection and appreciation for people that they care for, whether it be a friend, teacher, or someone you love. Everyone’s Monday was energized by the amazing dance performance by Blackout and as always, students were blown away by their moves.
Although KIS RAK week has come to an end, this does not mean the spread of kindness stops with it. The end of RAK week means that even more kindness should be seen in school because everyone has had a friendly reminder of how much positive influence a small act of kindness can bring. The benevolence of people should always be strongly encouraged, and also greatly appreciated at the same time—remember to do acts of kindness and to be thankful for the kindness that you receive.
– Sophie Yang (’21)