5000 acts of kindness

By Ciara Conley - [email protected]

Earlier this year, Notre Dame Elementary school principal Ann Kempf challenged her students to complete 5,000 acts of kindness in just 50 days.

The students rose to the occasion and completed the feat.

Kempf says she was inspired by a Facebook post by a friend that read, “If we all do one random act of kindness daily, we just might set the world in the right direction.”

She then went to her students with the proposition. If the students completed 5,000 acts of kindness by March 1, the classroom who completed the most acts would earn a week of dress down (no uniforms) and the classroom teacher would also earn a day off.

March 1 is the first day of Lent. Lent is a solemn religious observance in the liturgical calendar that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends approximately six weeks later, before Easter Sunday. The purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer through prayer, doing penance, repentance of sins, almsgiving, atonement, and self-denial.

The color purple is associated with being a Lenten color, so as a reminder of the Lent season and celebrating her students actions, Kempf agreed for every 50 acts of kindness completed, she would dye a section of her hair purple.

Since the students reached the 5,000 mark, Kempf is now sporting a head of purple hair. Former beautician and third-grade teacher, Regina Flinders, colored Kempf hair on March 1 in front of the students.

“The season of Lent is a good time to practice random acts of kindness, and maybe, just maybe, they’ll become a habit,” said Kempf.

Kempf says she is not embarrassed by her new look, and looks forward to telling the story of her students and their kindness to inquiring minds.

“I’m just going to use it as a teachable moment about how we can all commit to random acts of kindness and the possibility of setting the world in the right direction,” Kempf said.

By Ciara Conley

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Reach Ciara Conley at 740-981-6977, Facebook “Ciara Conley – Daily Times,” and Twitter @PDT_Ciara.

Reach Ciara Conley at 740-981-6977, Facebook “Ciara Conley - Daily Times,” and Twitter @PDT_Ciara.