DelVal student recognizes random acts of kindness
Random Acts of Kindness week starts February 11 and goes through Feb. 17! To celebrate, Savannah Gibson '14, is partnering with about 20 other DelVal students to hand out 200 tokens RAK week to recognize random acts of kindness!
The project is part of her experience in the LEAD Program. Gibson participated in the leadership development program during the spring 2012 semester. She’s now taking what she learned about leadership and applying it to the project.
“We were asked to think about something we wanted to change in the community or on campus,” said Gibson. “I saw a need for more happiness, optimism, and joy in the world. A more positive outlook can make a difference throughout your day and one person’s kindness can turn your whole day around.”
Throughout the week, Gibson and the students she has recruited will be giving out tokens to recognize and thank people they see being kind. Each person they spot will get two tokens. That way, the recipient can “pay it forward” and recognize someone else’s kindness.
Gibson will be using Twitter to connect with the people who receive tokens. She’s asking people to tweet about why they gave or received a token using a special hashtag, #RAKDelVal.
Gibson, who is originally from New Tripoli, Pa., is a biology major with a pre-veterinary concentration. She’s very involved on campus and is secretary for the Class of 2015. She plans to go on to veterinary school right after she graduates, a year early, in 2014.
Gibson said the LEAD program really helped her grow and realize she could create positive change.
“The program was a very valuable experience,” said Gibson. “It broadened my idea of what a leader is and showed me how other leaders perform. I was able to take all of that knowledge and become a better leader myself.”
Associate Director of Student Involvement Andrew Moyer had all the students in the program read the same book on leadership. They also participated in fun activities to learn about themselves. Gibson remembers doing the “True Colors” activity the most.
“The activity helped me get to know myself better,” said Gibson. “You identify what kind of leader you are based on your personality. It also helps you figure how what types of personalities you work well with.”
Gibson also enjoyed seeing her peers go through the program and is inspired by some of the projects they tackled to create positive change. Jade Orth ’15, for example, led the effort to organize a Veterans Day ceremony on campus. Another student, Kristina Guillan, will be working with the Green Dot program on campus during the week of Feb. 18. The Green Dot program works to promote bystander accountability and prevent violence.