#COMMUNITY

Tina Plousis

3rd Grade Teacher

"Kindness is essential to a successful classroom setting. It creates an environment of trust that acts as a springboard for collaboration, creativity and peer acceptance. Since we began participating in the #BeKind initiative, kindness has become a natural reflex of our words and actions. It is who we are. The change in our culture at school has been significant."

 

Patrick McPhee

Baseball Coach

"As coaches of youth sports, we have not only an opportunity, but a responsibility to develop more than just talent. Now a multi-billion dollar industry, the push with young athletes is solely to produce an individualized skill set. This is where we are missing the mark. We need to collectively shift the focus to growing young men and women of character. When I work with my players, we practice respect, kindness, leadership, humility, grace and integrity as often as we practice fundamentals. My personal philosophy is more about developing a great person, not just a great player."

 

Karran Gloer

Designer

"As a wife, parent, daughter, friend, neighbor, co-worker, and fellow human being, I believe kindness is a value and a choice to serve others the best way we can. Sometimes kindness means saying the words that no one else is willing to say with the intent of truth and respect. Kindness means treating others the way you wish to be treated. It is not always easy, and sometimes we get it wrong, but that's okay as long as we admit and apologize to those we may have hurt. Ultimately, I believe that kindness is a journey of faith, courage, hope, fearlessness, acceptance, and love for others."