The Random Acts of Kindness Club (RAK) at Cedarcrest High School continues to be an inspiring and popular choice among students.
This is the 13th year for the club, advised by Peggy Filer. The seeds of the CHS RAK Club were planted in 1997 when then-teacher Kerry Gould shared a video on the dramatic impact people made by choosing to "pay it forward" with random acts of kindness. Students Samantha Ritter and Hadley Rose were inspired, and approached Filer with the idea of creating a new club, with a mission to create positive, meaningful activities for all students.
Over the years this kindhearted group has participated in an abundance of humanitarian efforts, which have made a difference both locally and across the world. The list of the club's compassionate deeds is extensive, including: monthly "Pay it Forward" lunches at Duvall Ixtapa; participating in Miracle League baseball games, helping special-needs children to play ball; monthly city clean-up events; seasonal food and personal product collection drives; inspiring the "busted" program, using the school website to shine a spotlight on the kind efforts of CHS students; and raising $3,500 this year to help build a well in Africa.
The CHS RAK Club received a "Kindness Challenge Award" in 2012 by the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation in Denver Colo., and were filmed for "Storytellers for Good" project.
"Since the Storytellers for Good video was released, we have received e-mails from students and teachers at Edmonds-Woodway High School, Vincennes High School in Indiana, Maiden High School in North Carolina and other schools in Irvine, California, and Brazil... all wanting details of how they can create Random Acts of Kindness Clubs in their schools, said Filer.
She said she couldn't be more proud of her RAK students, and praised the current RAK Club officers, Maggie Gronberg, Chad Klingenberg, Duncan Robertson and Adam Davenport for their dedication and enthusiasm for the club.
Club members have also inspired the creation of RAK clubs at each Riverview school. Volunteers are working with Filer and Duvall RAK founder Connie Berg to help launch the new clubs, which will continue throughout the current school year.