One Million Acts of Kindness

IMG_4463The “Kindness Bus” came to Yellow Springs last week, and Mills Lawn students as well as students at the middle and high school had the opportunity to get a personal tour with Bob Votruba and Bogart the dog! Bob explained that he sold his house and got rid of nearly all his possessions and now travels around on his bus talking to people about peace because he believes in the importance of spreading kindness around the world. His goal is to encourage others to perform acts of kindness as he spreads the message of his “one million acts of kindness” campaign.  His beautiful bus is painted with messages of peace and loving kindness. Some of the messages honor the experiences of students and individuals struggling to be peacemakers and upstanders in their community, and all the messages encourage love and kindness as a tool for healthier, happier, more peaceful world.

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IMG_4467As students and teachers alike walked around the bus, we saw peace written in over forty languages, messages of compassion, gratitude, peace, and love including: “Spread kindness to everyone… every chance you get”; “Let kindness rock the world”; “Offer friendship”; and “Peace, no matter the language, is deserved by all”. Bob asked teachers if they could see themselves driving such a special bus promoting peace, and many of the teachers responded that they could. Mr. Trumbull shared the comment that we all in our own small way drive the kindness bus each day when we choose to act with kindness and compassion towards others. Each and every person who performs a small act of kindness contributes to the millions of acts of kindness that have the power to make the world a better place. Keep up the good work Mills Lawn! Let’s reach the goal of One Million Acts of Kindness in our community! And don’t forget to write Bogart and tell him all about the kind acts that you’ve been up to! Visit the One Million Acts of Kindness website:


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Thank you again to Bob and Bogart for coming to Mills Lawn Elementary in the Kindness Bus!