Schools, police promoting random acts of kindness
by JENNIFER COHRON
Feb 12, 2013 | 2104 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cordova might seem like a nicer place this week as its youngest residents recognize Random Acts of Kindness Week.

Cordova Elementary School counselor Sandra Courington said the observance is tied to Character@Heart, a character education program that is being implemented throughout the Walker County School System this year.

“Each teacher is doing a lesson per day on character, and each week we have a particular word that we are covering,” Courington said.

In 1995, the Alabama Legislature passed an act mandating that 10 minutes of character education be taught daily in every K-12 classroom.

Also in 1995, the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation was founded. According to its website, the mission of the nonprofit is to inspire people to practice kindness and to pass it on to others.

Random Acts of Kindness Week, which began Monday, encourages such behaviors as buying something for the person in the line behind you, smiling at 10 strangers and donating time or money to a local charity.

Students at CES are sponsoring a penny drop for a child with spina bifida who needs a cranial banding.

Courington said each grade is also doing individual projects related to kindness.

Bankhead Middle School is taking part in Random Acts of Kindness Week as well. Students there are collecting gently-used children’s books that they will be delivering to their peers at CES later this month.

When Police Chief Nick Smith heard about the good deeds that local students have planned, he decided to promote Random Acts of Kindness Week at the Cordova Police Department.

“We want to do what we can to encourage everyone to be kind and extend a helping hand in the community,” Smith said.

CPD has teamed with America Supporting Americans, a nonprofit organization designed to form a bond between American citizens and American soldiers abroad.

The department is sponsoring a military unit that is currently overseas. Officers are collecting items to be placed in care packages for the troops.

A list of recommended materials includes condiments, microwavable foods, powdered drink mix, snacks, toiletries and clothing such as hats, bandannas, socks, T-shirts and underwear.

Items may be dropped off at CPD through Sunday.