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Pay it Forward Initiative at DMS!

posted Apr 22, 2013, 10:17 AM by DMS DeKalb Middle School   [ updated Apr 30, 2013, 5:31 AM ]

Pay It Forward Initiative!!

Our School is participating in Pay It Forward Initiative.  It is a great opportunity to allow the students to think about making someone else a little happier by doing some small thoughtful deed.  As a parent you can get behind the cause and encourage this idea at home too.  You never know, you might get a few chores done around the house! The website explains all this further.

So why Pay it Forward?

·        To encourage all of us to embrace the incredible power of giving.

·        To show each other that we care and that there is love, hope and magic all around us.

·        To know that we may be only one person in this world, but to one person, at one time, we are the world.

Make a Difference – Make Someone Smile

It is time to do between one and three good deeds with no expectations other than the recipient in turn does a favor for someone else.  Each person will receive a Pay It Forward card to document the good deed they have done.  The cards will be collected at school for a random drawing.  When an act of kindness is done for you, the hope is that you will in turn do an act of kindness for someone else.  The good deed is encouraged to continue on bringing love and happiness wherever it travels.

Let’s Show Each Other & The World That We Really Do Care

In a recent broadcast on a local radio it was reported that a young couple were dining at a nice restaurant and they received a huge surprise when they went to pay the bill.  Someone before them had already paid the bill including the tip.  Hopefully that generous gesture prompted them to be helpful or generous to someone else when the opportunity presented itself.

Why not:

·        Return someone else’s shopping cart to the rack

·        Mow the neighbor’s lawn

·        Give books you have to others who would benefit from them

·        Buy someone lunch

·        Give your help for free to someone who could use a helping hand

·        Offer to do your brother’s (or sister’) chores one day

·        Clean up a mess you did not make

·        Smile at people you pass in the school hallways and on the sidewalk or in the store

·        Cook dinner for your family without being asked

·        Give a compliment to someone

·        Help a family member or neighbor with babysitting, pet care, house or yard work

·        Invite a fellow student, who you might not normally include, to join in an activity

·        Write cards or notes to cheer up people e.g. teachers, friends, local retirement home residents

·        Help someone with homework

The idea is to do something for someone that they may not be able to do for themselves.

Thank you for your support.  Together we can change the world – one deed at a time!