Generosity And Service At Tam High

Posted by Anne Veh on Jan 16, 2013
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Last Thursday and Friday, a bunch of us ServiceSpace love warriors came together to present  a two-day workshop on "generosity and service" at my daughter's public high school in Mill Valley for 330 freshman students. Pancho began each session by asking the students to raise their hands, "Who has washed their hands in the last 24 hrs?" and then, "Who has washed their mind in the last 24 hrs?" We than sat for two minutes in receptive silence, setting the tone for heart to heart sharing. We shared some powerful videos, the "Kindness Boomerang" and "Free Hugs," providing simple and "free" examples of random acts of kindness. Lindsay (visiting Casa de Paz from Chicago) introduced fun improvisational activities where issues of bullying, stealing, selfishness came up. Nidia and Celine (ages 14 and 7) and neighbors of Casa de Paz, shared powerful stories of creating community in a gun ridden neighborhood by offering free fruit and participating in the weekly "Free Fruta" Stand and I shared a story of starting "Friday Gatherings" at our neighborhood park. Tia (age 16) from San Andres High in Marin boldly asked the students, "What kind act have you done for someone in the last week?" and "What kind act has someone done for you?" Sam introduced "smile cards" and got the students to create a Tam High deck of smile cards! Pancho powerfully concluded each session with the story of "Julio Diaz" followed by the video, "The Power of One" to inspire the students to think about, "What is your 'Julio Diaz' moment and act of kindness?"  Pancho then shared:

Kindness in words creates confidence.
Kindness in thinking creates profoundness.
Kindness in giving creates love.
Kindness in words creates confidence.
Kindness in thinking creates profoundness.
Kindness in giving creates love.
Kindness in silence creates unity.
Therefore, the highest form of wisdom is kindness.
If you want to be a rebel, be kind, Human-kind, be both.

At the end of each session, students lined up for "free hugs." Celine and Sam had trouble keeping up with the demand. And between sessions, the students opened doors for us and kept the free hugs flowing.

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Comments (4)

  • Richard wrote ...

    Bravo, and hugs and smiles to you all.

  • Mia wrote ...

    SO awesome - imagine the ripples that will come from this! Thank you for sharing. Thank you for doing. Thank you for being.

  • Sheetal wrote ...

    Incredible deed indeed my love warriors.. Am tempted to ask: "Where do I line up for my "free hugs"?

  • Viral wrote ...

    beautiful!