Wednesday, Nov. 13 was World Kindness Day. To share kindness with the school community, the club Random Acts of Kindness gathered on the first floor of the DeNaples center with a variety of activities for students to take part in.
The group had a bowl of “kindness cards.” People would write a card, drop it in the bowl, and then take a card. This kindness exchange was a great way to spread positivity. The group also set up a photo booth to encourage members of the community to spread kindness online. They also had a rock painting station, where the rocks would eventually be placed around campus to spread kindness in unexpected ways. The club also provided information about World Kindness Day, and ideas to make others smile. These ideas included buying the person behind you in line coffee, using flex to buy toiletries for outreach and holding the door open for someone.
Random Acts of Kindness also provided a big sign with the question, “Why is it important to be kind?” Throughout the afternoon, members of the community could add to the sign their own personal reasons for being kind. Responses included, “Kindness is free! We all need to try it!”, “Because you don’t know what people are going through,” and “You never know what small gesture can make someone’s day.”
Being kind is a simple way to make the world a better place, and that is what Random Acts of Kindness strives to do. For more from Random Acts of kindness, check out their Instagram.
It only takes one moment to make somebody’s day. Random Acts of Kindness is a club on campus that strives to put good out into the world in little thoughtful ways. The valentines pictured here were a project the club put together in February! Pauline Porucznik is a senior exercise science major, and the vice president of Random Acts of Kindness. We reached out to her to find out more about the club.
What is Random Acts of Kindness?
Random Acts of Kindness is a selfless act aimed to promote positivity and kindness towards others. No matter how big or small the act may be, whether it be complimenting someone, or buying the next person in line coffee, it can brighten someone’s day or even have the power to change someone’s life for the better.
Why should students get involved in Random Acts of Kindness?
I believe students should get involved in Random Acts of Kindness to encourage a sense of positivity, gratitude, and motivation in the Scranton community and to remind ourselves that there is good and kindness in the world, despite all the negativity. “Every act of kindness creates a ripple with no end.” Be the person that makes a huge impact on someone’s life in a positive way.
What is your favorite thing about the club?
My favorite thing about Random Acts of Kindness is getting students together for meetings to plan out different ways we can spread kindness around campus and the community. Last month for International Random Acts of Kindness Day we gave out goodie bags of candy with an encouraging note inside to random people on campus. It’s very pleasing to see people’s smiles and reactions afterward.
How can students learn more about Random Acts of Kindness?
Students can learn more about our club by connecting with us on RoyalSync or following our Instagram page @scranton_raks !
We reached out to the Vice President of Sustainability at Scranton, Joseph Delmar, to find out more about the Sustainability Club and what they do!
What is the Sustainability Club?
Sustainability is the University’s environmental club. We are focused on both getting people out into nature with events like our semesterly kayaking trip and our work at the community garden, as well as informing the University community about sustainable lifestyle through table sits and movie screenings.
Why should students get involved in the Sustainability Club?
Students should get involved because the goals of Sustainability are closely tied to the ideals the University is committed to. In addition to the commitment to environmentalism that Pope Francis recently espoused in his encyclical Laudato si’, we all take philosophy courses that teach about moral responsibility. Environmental causes fulfill our obligation to care for ourselves and others.