A little kindness goes a long way, frosh find
Commerce Frosh Week took on a new charitable aspect when 300 first-year students and their orientation leaders took part in a "Kindness Marathon."
The students spent two hours committing "random acts of kindness" around town, brightening people's lives by giving out flowers, pizza and high-fives and helping others to do their jobs.
They returned to campus with nothing but laughs, smiles and cameras full of pictures.
The Commerce Executive on Orientation (CEO) wanted to add a charitable and community leadership component to the week.
The executive's goal was to foster community spirit and leadership among incoming Commerce students, says Adam Mitchell, academic and leadership officer. They partnered with the Kindness Crew, bestselling authors, corporate trainers and internationally acclaimed advocates for social change. From audiences at Fortune 500 Companies to entire metropolitan centers, the crew has inspired and mobilized millions to commit acts of community service.
In a speech to frosh and administration on Sept. 10, Kindness Crew founding member Chris Bratseth encouraged them to focus on the small things that make a difference others' lives, and to embrace the revolution of Kindness in their new home, Kingston. His speech was met with a standing ovation.