OSWEGO, NY – Oswego County residents welcomed a blizzard of kindness this month.
The Office of Business and Community Relations at SUNY Oswego would like to thank the community for participating in this year’s National Random Acts of Kindness Week.
Students from Altmar-Parish-Williamstown, Fulton, Mexico, Phoenix and other school districts showed their spirit by performing small random acts of kindness for fellow students and their teachers.
On campus at SUNY Oswego, students, staff and faculty are all in on the fun as well this semester, promoting collaboration, kindness, and paying it forward in our community.
Each participating middle school had its own way of recognizing these good-doing bandits at its school.
“(At Mexico Middle School) we had announcements about how to use the cards the students received every morning and afternoon,” said Susan Linerode, intensive assistance center teacher for grades 5-8 and school leader on this initiative. “Students deposited their Random Acts of Kindness cards into a box for a drawing for prizes at the end of the week. The week culminated in a Random Acts of Kindness display that was created at the front doors of the school.”
Mexico tied this program into its True Beauty Day that week, where female students let their true beauty shine through a makeup-free face.
Linerode continued, “This was a great way to recognize the importance of kindness and celebrate those who embrace this principle on an everyday basis.”
Other schools developed varying programs to promote the Go.Do.Good. cards in the collaborative effort.
With the help of Greg Mills, executive director of the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce, chamber members all received Go.Do.Good. cards to start their own campaigns personally and in their businesses.
At SUNY Oswego, each staff, faculty and student on campus also received cards and participated in a campus-wide celebration.
The Counseling Center held a week’s worth of activities promoting kindness across campus.
There were many examples of random acts of kindness around the county, such as a middle school student working with a shy student who wasn’t well known so that the shy student could make a new friend.
Another example on campus, was someone helping another change her tire in the freezing cold weather.
In the community, there were several examples of strangers buying coffee for strangers.
It was a true community effort.
“We’re so pleased with our community’s participation in our Go.Do.Good. campaign,” said Tammy Elowsky, assistant director of OBCR. “We look forward to making it bigger and better next year with more community partners. It’s all about paying it forward and building our community. This collaborative environment will inspire our community to thrive.”
For more information on thrive, Oswego County’s Community Incubator, an initiative of Office of Business and Community Relations at SUNY Oswego, please contact OBCR at: [email protected]