Lessons learned: students share their RAKS
It all started back in September when we got the idea of doing RAKS. RAKS mean Random Acts of Kindness. At Luxton School, every class is doing a giving project. We are a grade 4/5 class and we try to be kind. To help us learn about kindness, we came up with the idea of recording RAKS. Whenever we see a classmate do kind things or hear that a classmate has been kind, we write it down under their name in our own RAK book. Here are some examples: You asked me what was wrong. You let me play with you when I was sad. You helped me sharpen my pencil. You grabbed my sketchbook for me. You cheered me up. You gave me a piece of orange when I didn’t have a snack. You let me borrow six pencils. You picked up my mitt when I dropped it. You gave me your sweater when I got wet outside in the snow. When I was upset, you gave me a hug. You wiped my helmet (after skating). At homework club, you picked up my homework when I dropped it. You helped me carry my patrol things. You brought me my backpack to my house when I was sick. You helped me up when I fell on con- crete. You held the door for me. You taught us about Manitoba Fun Facts — Ms. B! You gave another student your Word Work book to let her see a sentence.
We learned that Thursday is the hardest day for kids to be kind at Luxton. Why? Maybe it’s because kids are tired after waking up early four days in a row. Maybe it’s because teachers are tired too by the time Thursday comes around. Maybe it’s because kids are excited for the weekend. We came up with the idea to record RAKS at recess to help remind all students to be kind. That’s why we talked about RAKS at our assembly. Then, Ms. Auty discovered the “Random Acts of Kindness” page in the weekend edition of the Winnipeg Free Press, so we started reading the articles on Monday mornings. We wanted to share this with you so that you may be inspired to “embrace kindness.” RAKS spread kindness. We learned that making people happy is the right thing to do. One student said, “I now notice RAKS in my community; it’s something I will do for the rest of my life.” On Monday, April 30, I was driving north on St. Mary’s Road and noticed a couple of girls at the pedestrian crosswalk at Lennon Avenue. I stopped and checked in my rear-view mirror. I noticed a motorcycle a short distance back. I watched him and noticed he was not slowing down. I could not proceed through the crosswalk so watched as my car was hit. I rolled down my window and asked if he was OK and was able to move the bike. He said he could and I said we should go on the side street. I turned right and noticed he went left. I turned around and went to Brownstone where he had gone. When I got there, I saw two wonderful men in their cars. I got out and found out Darren had left to try and find the man on the motorcycle. Tim gave me his business card and said he’d seen the accident. Darren came back and said he could not find him but was in the process of reporting it to the police. A big thank you to both Darren and Tim for their help. There are people in Winnipeg who really care.