Since Aspen Academy opened its doors in 2005, we have maintained a commitment to this one rule: Be Kind.
Scientific research shows that kindness contributes to lasting well-being and is a predictor of satisfaction. Many colleges are now emphasizing kindness on applications for admission.1
With the momentum of recent events from Rosalind Wiseman to Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, a film about the life of Mister Rogers, this is a perfect time for us to focus on kindness. In April, we kick off our “Be Kind Campaign” at Aspen Academy, including: a school-wide art project; daily kindness challenges; and questions for family discussions.
In the meantime, take 2 minutes to watch this video. Perhaps it will inspire an act of kindness before we kick things off in a couple weeks.
I hope you will join me in celebrating April’s Be Kind Campaign at Aspen Academy. In the coming weeks, you’ll see a call for acts of kindness from the mundane to the magnificent. Many of you intentionally model and demonstrate kindness as a family value. Next month is an opportunity for all of us to lean in and step up a little bit more as students, families, staff, and a community.
Source: 1. "The Importance of Kindness: Being kind can strengthen your relationships and sense of satisfaction in life." (PsychologyToday.com, 4 Dec. 2017)