The Kindness Movement, conceptualized by FAN families and DV Connect counselor Kenè Washington, is a program that seeks ways to empower students and families to embrace and connect with themselves, other DV Connect students and families, and their community and environment at large. Its mission is to provide opportunities to practice acts of kindness, empathy, and mindfulness as well as our other core values of reflection, exploration, collaboration, flexibility, and perseverance.
Current Project: Annual Start-of-School Shoe Drive!
Welcome back to school everyone! It’s a new school year with new school gear! Are you wondering what to do with those shoes that don’t quite fit anymore? The Kindness Movement will be having a shoe drive starting Monday, September 9th, and continuing on through October! There will be a turquoise bin in the office to collect your new or gently worn adult and children’s shoes! These shoes will then be donated to a school in Guatemala, where many children walk to school on unpaved roads without shoes! Time for some “fall cleaning” for an awesome cause, and a wonderful opportunity to practice empathy (this month’s Habit of Heart and Mind) with our kiddos! Thank you so much!
Update as of October 11th: Thank you to everyone for all of your very generous shoe donations for our annual shoe drive! We have collected over 50 pairs of shoes…and counting! The Kindness Movement shoe drive will be ending this week, and in it’s place will be a candy collection bin for our troops! Please bring in all of your extra Halloween candy to the front office, and place them in the purple bin!
2019-20 PLANS (tentative)
October HoHM Focus: FLEXIBILITY
November HoHM Focus: FLEXIBILITY
*Thankful/Grateful tree in front office or front entrance.
*November 12th-15th- Science Showcase- Interactive Science of Kindness Display.
*November 22nd and 23rd- Friends of Mychal’s Annual Art Show
*Searching for a food bank or similar cause that allows kids from Da Vinci to volunteer
December HoHM Focus: EXPLORATION
*Toy Drive for CHLA at coffee house in Westchester.
*Searching for opportunities of giving
*Christmas caroling, hot cocoa and ornament-making at senior home.
January HoHM Focus: EXPLORATION*
Movie night- Kindness is Contagious.
February HoHM Focus: COLLABORATION
*Valentine’s making and visit to senior home.
*Random acts of kindness.
*Being kind to yourself/love yourself mindfulness activity.
*February 29th- Talent Showcase- Song by Kindness Movement (True Colors) or children’s choir- empowering song by Jessica Collaço.
March HoHM Focus: PERSEVERANCE
*March 17th- Hermosa Beach St. Patrick’s Parade at 11 am.
*Rose’s birthday celebration at senior home.
April HoHM Focus: REFLECTION
*Easter Sunday, April 12th- Bunny Drop at shelter for women and children.
*April 22nd- Earth Day!- Recycling program, beach clean-up, seal rescue center. Display all week at entrance of school to bring awareness.
*Poetry Jam- Reflections of Kindness.
May HoHM Focus: REFLECTION
*Cup o’ Caterpillars Drive for CHLA- butterfly release ceremony and celebration Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
June HoHM Focus: REFLECTION
*DV Connect Summer of Service Challenge.
On-going throughout the year
*Peaceful/Mindful moments in The Zones- Yoga, Art, music, dance, breathing, sound baths, Tai Chi and etc.💝