We’re proud to support Pioneer Elementary School Kindness Day on Saturday, May 16, with these activities for your entire family to share and celebrate acts of kindness. Spreading kindness can have a positive impact on a person’s life and inspire others, especially our youth, to be kind to each other.
What is Kindness Day?
Pioneer Elementary School’s Kindness Day started in May 2018 to recognize the overwhelming kindness Samantha “Sammy” Yelenosky—a resident of Bolingbrook and then a student at Pioneer—received from her school and community after facing tremendous health challenges.
Sammy’s parents wanted to share their gratitude for all the kindness she received and express how simple acts of kindness were critical to their daughter’s recovery.
In May 2019, we joined with other local organizations and businesses to help expand the initiative to the entire Bolingbrook community. We’re excited to once again be part of the Kindness Day efforts in 2020!
Watch Sammy’s video below to learn about her inspiring story.
The Real Impact of Kindness
Other area families also benefit from your acts of kindness. Here are three of their stories:
Kindness Day Virtual Events
Five Ways to Spread Kindness
1. Write Kindness Letters
Letters are an excellent way to show your gratitude. In this blog post, Miss Melisa explains how to create a message of kindness for a family member, friend, first responder, nurse, doctor or anyone who’s touched your life. Discover ideas on how you can make someone’s day better with a handcrafted personal note!
2. Write to Children Staying at Lurie Children’s Hospital
Lurie Children’s Hospital was instrumental in Sammy’s (and many other kids’) recovery. Download and print this template (or create your own) and send it here where the staff will make sure those in need see your kind words.
When you complete your note, please scan (or take a picture) and email it to this address: CMNH@luriechildrens.org.
Send a note to Lurie Caregivers, too.
Lurie’s doctors, nurses and staff are working around the clock to keep our patients and families safe. Your encouraging words of thanks can go a long way to boost morale. Please consider sending a personal note here.
3. Support Local Organizations
Wondering how you can make a difference? Get involved! Many local organizations are looking for people like you to volunteer, and they will benefit from your selfless support and acts of Kindness. Here are just a few suggestions.
- Heart Haven Outreach (H20): Visit their website | Volunteer details
- Feed My Starving Children: Watch their video | Visit their website.
- Southwest Suburban Immigrant Project: Visit their website | Interview with SSIP Executive Director
4. Contribute to our Micro Pantry
Everyone in our community is invited to leave non-perishable food items, toiletries and more to help your neighbors in need. The Micro Pantry is located to the right of our main entrance.
5. Share on Social Media
Use these hashtags when sharing Kindness Day messages on social media: #KindnessDayBolingbrook #KindnessHeals.
Many other Bolingbrook-area people are part of this year’s Kindness Day. In this video, they share why they wanted to be a part of the festivities.
You can watch other videos from this year’s sponsors on the Pioneer Elementary School Kindness Day YouTube Channel.