Pay it Forward Day – 28th April 2019
Pay it Forward in Schools
Priory High School Exeter (England) - The Pay it Forward School project involved pupils setting up peer mentoring groups, school garden and grounds clean-up crews and the development a homework help club. Students are now looking at setting up a few bigger projects to take out into their surrounding community.
Southwestern College (United States) - After watching the movie ‘Pay it Forward' the class was split up into 10 groups and were instructed to find some way to Pay it Forward to the community and then present their projects to the class a month later. Some of the things the groups did included: visiting nursing homes, helping a working family renovate their house, helping a man who had a stroke clean his house because his wife was getting treatment for leukaemia out of state, and recycling thousands of bottles and cans.
Picnic Point Primary School (Australia) - The whole school got behind the initiative and created special School Pay it Forward Cards. Then students pulled a name out of a hat and they became the recipient of one of their good deeds. The other 2 good deeds could be completed at home, school, or in extra-curricular activities.
Pink Elementary School (United States) - came up with an idea to help children less fortunate. They made "Birthday Boxes" for children living at the women's shelters or in local foster homes. Frequently, these children get left out on important days like birthdays. The birthday boxes were made out of shoe boxes, filled with such things as streamers, napkins, paper plates, decorations, balloons and gift cards for pizza and cake. Every child knows how much fun it is to have a birthday party and is very excited about the idea of creating a ‘birthday party in a box' for others. In addition to the goodies inside the boxes, there was also a note explaining the Pay it Forward concept urging recipients to find some way of ‘paying it forward', if not materially then with simple kindnesses to those around them. There's always a way to help others no matter what our own circumstances and the students at Pink School have found this out - what a powerful lesson!