Instilling kindness from a young age and exposing children to its impact is as important now as it ever has been. ShareTheMiracle is a great way for children to engage in active citizenship and personal development whilst also experiencing the amazing effects of both kindness and community development. This in turn can make a significant contribution to the SMSC development of young people.
How can I get involved?
This year, we are inviting schools to launch a ShareTheMiracle Station. A simple and effective way to collect chocolate eggs and give them to those less fortunate in your local community. Parents, students, teachers and friends of the school can all be invited to donate an Easter Egg. * Whilst most schools will collect chocolate eggs, some schools may choose to collect an alternative…
Some schools may already have a relationship with a community group such as a care home or a hospital. ShareTheMiracle provides an opportunity to build on these relationships or to start something new. Other examples may include local night shelters, well care groups or food banks (your local council or voluntary group are good resources for ideas if you get stuck). Allowing the children to collaborate and decide who to focus on is a great way to get them engaged early on. Over recent years we have invited schools to join us in helping ‘put a dent in loneliness’ in an intergenerational activity bringing together young people and the local elderly. A growing number are taking up this opportunity and with your help we’ll look to extend this initiative next year
In Westminster for example, schools have taken children into a local care home, given out chocolate eggs and gone a step further by inviting them to short musical performance (refer to our new YouTube channel to view their video). This could also be playing a board game, sharing artwork that they’ve done, chatting or joining together for a drink or cup of tea.
Recording what happens when the eggs are given out provides opportunities for students to be creative through writing their stories or via capturing the events with photos or video.
For younger children, we have developed a superhero called “Captain Kindness”. Schools can choose to incorporate him into their ShareTheMiracle Station or any additional kindness activities e.g. Encouraging creative writing or stories involving the life and adventures of Captain Kindness
Case Study: Ropley CE Primary School
The children and staff of Ropley CE Primary School recently embraced the ‘ShareTheMiracle’ initiative to build stronger relationships with members of their local community through acts of kindness. They invited those residents who are in their Golden years to come to a fish and chip lunch at their school. The residents of the village were welcomed by Year 6 children who also waited on their guests. After lunch entertainment was provided by the Year 1 and 2 children, who sang songs from their recent class assemblies. In addition, Alex from year 6 expertly played the theme tunes from ‘Pink Panther and ‘James Bond’ on his cornet and Lucy beautifully played a piece from her recent Grade 5 piano exam.
At the end of the lunch, each of the guests were given an Easter Egg which had been donated by the parents of the school in support of the initiative.
Headteacher, Sarah Vittle, said ‘The children really enjoyed the opportunity to welcome members of our older community. It was wonderful to see the different generations interacting together. I believe it helped the children to have a greater understanding and appreciation of our community. The children marvelled at residents who attended the school in their youth.’ One of the attendees commented, ‘It has been a very special way of bringing people together who probably felt that their links with the school were in the past.’
Case Study: Richmond Park Academy School
Ten students from years 7-10 (age 11-14 years) ran sharethemiracle at the school (Year 10 kids included the gifted and talented media group). The group was mixed (male and female) and was made up of volunteers. The students ran two separate sharethemiracle events:
1. Students created Easter nests and knocked on the doors of those in the local community with an adult present. People were given an invitation card and invited to look round the school
2. Students went up to the city of London for a RAOK (random act of kindness day). The school obtained a license from the local council and gave eggs to city workers with an invitation to be interviewed on camera!
The Chocolate Eggs were sponsored by a business in London.
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