We’re proud to support Bolingbrook Kindness Day on Saturday, May 15, 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.


Bolingbrook Kindness Day started in May 2018 to recognize the overwhelming kindness Samantha “Sammy” Yelenosky—a resident of Bolingbrook and a then student at Pioneer Elementary School—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 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 our community!

Watch Sammy’s video below to learn about her inspiring story.

Kindness Day Book Project

Bolingbrook students in grades K through 12, we want to hear your stories of kindness! We welcome your help to create a Kindness Day book of stories to publish on our eBook platform. Using the template below, please write and (optionally) illustrate an example of kindness from your own life and/or describe what kindness means to you. You can also pick up a Kindness Day Story kit from our Children’s Services Desk beginning Monday, April 5.

We will collect and assemble your work into an eBook to share with the entire community. The book will debut on Saturday, May 15. Additionally, we plan to curate a select number of student entries into a print book to be distributed through our physical local author collection and other promotions.


All participants will be entered into a random drawing to win one of the following donated prizes:

  • An autographed copy of Be Kind by Naomi Shulman (10 available)
  • A copy of Channel Kindness: Stories of Kindness and Community by Lady Gaga (5 available)
  • A one-on-one session with publisher and author Jacqueline Camacho-Ruiz to help guide you through the publishing process and answer any questions you have about publishing your own book (1 available)
Submitting Your Story:

Submission Deadline: Friday, April 30, 2021

Please submit your physical entry at our Children’s Services Desk, or upload a high-resolution scan below.

Kindness Day Events

Stay tuned for more information about our Kindness Day events coming soon!