It was journalist Ann Curry who reported from the scene who brought about an idea to show the innate caring of American people as a response. On her Twitter account, she wrote, "What if? Imagine if everyone could commit to doing one act of kindness for every one of those children killed in Newtown." What came out out it was the #26Acts hashtag, inspiring persons across the nation and world to do random acts of kindness, showing their caring side, as a way to heal from the horrific action taken that day, honoring those innocent children and teachers who lost their lives.
Storm Lake's Patti Lange touched 38 lives when she took it upon herself to ask King's Pointe representatives if they would donate one-day passes to all the first graders in Barb Lange's class and Terry Brashear's class. They were more than happy to be a part of the random act of kindness.
Patti, who often volunteers in Barb Lange's classroom (by the way, Barb is Patti's daughter-in-law) picked up the passes and delivered them to the teachers. The passes were passed out to the students on Friday before they left for Christmas vacation.
"They were so excited," said Barb. "One student even said, 'this is my luckiest day ever!'"
It is hoped that the students will be able to go to King's Pointe, along with family members, over their vacation time.
She added that many of the students have never had the opportunity to go to King's Pointe, making this even a bigger deal for them.
Ironically, those first grade students, along with the rest of the SL elementary students, have been learning about the importance of caring all month as part of their Character Counts curriculum.
"This definitely goes along with what they have learned about kindness," said Barb, adding that the students have talked all month about ways to show they care for others in school and outside of school. After receiving the passes, she said, the students as a whole brainstormed on ways to pass along kindness to their families.
"This is really cool," Barb said of the passes, explaining that the shooting isn't something they have talked about in their classes but the action does tie in as the adults think about the random acts of kindness.
"This really shows that the community is coming together."
Ann Curry challenges more and more people around the nation to take part in the random acts of kindness; pass on Patti Lange's action.