WELCOME TO THE KHK KINDNESS CORNER FOR ELEMENTARY AGE STUDENTS!
Kids Helping Kids also offers age-appropriate service opportunities for our younger future leaders, kids in elementary school grades 1-5. These projects are designed to be fun, accessible ways for children to spread kindness, learn about service, and give some of their time to others.
Kids participating in our elementary aged projects will be mentored by our KHK Ambassadors who know first hand how giving a little can make such a big impact! If you and your child(ren) are interested in hearing about our service opportunities for younger children, sign up for our monthly news blast here!
Our recurring KHK Elementary Projects:
*Smiles for School
We want all students to have what they need to start the school year off strong. Our volunteers hand-decorate tote bags and fill them with back-to-school supplies for our local partners to distribute for back to school. In the past, we have partnered with Inspirica and Clothes to Kids.
*Inspirica Taco Tuesdays
KHK taco night is a crowd favorite at Inspirica’s Early Childhood Parenting Program! Volunteers bring all the fixings for tacos and then assemble them to order for Inspirica’s younger residents and their parents. The volunteers also spend some time with the residents coloring, doing a simple craft, or reading.
*Kids for Kindness
Our elementary students gather to write simple messages/ideas for spreading kindness and attach them to candy canes – KHK Kindness Canes! – that our volunteers will hand out to guests at the Gift of Giving. Our volunteers also sort Legos into gift bags and for the elementary “Make and Take” Lego table KHK elementary kids host at the event.
*Gift of Giving
Elementary volunteers hand out Kindness Canes to young guests and work with them to build their own Lego vehicles at our Make and Take table.
*Baking Buddies/Valentine Goody Bags
Our group gathers at New Covenant Center to make special Valentine treats for the children of families who shop in their food pantry. KHK volunteers make Valentines and pack home-baked cookies and other items into treat bags for kids.
More to come…
Please note: elementary-aged children must have a guardian present at these projects, but we ask that the parents take an observational role and let the kids lead.
Start by practicing kindness at home…
We at KHK believe that kids are never too young to spread kindness! A great place to start encouraging caring elementary school students to volunteer is by incorporating simple acts of kindness into your daily life. Check out some of our fun and easy kindness ideas here.
Studies show that raising caring kids with social and emotional skills is just as important–if not more– as developing academic skills in having a successful life. Check out our collection of articles and resources below that support why we at KHK believe in the power of what kids can achieve by giving back!
- Practicing kindness can make you happier
- Kindness is contagious! A single, small act of kindness can encourage many more
- From childhood to adulthood, there are far reaching benefits to cultivating and practicing our compassion
- Kindness can even be linked to better health
- Social emotional programs have been shown to help students be less anxious, better behaved, more attentive and more independent — with greater leadership skills
- For children, practicing kindness has been shown to earn them increased well-being and peer acceptance
- Teaching children to be empathetic pays off academically, too! Students in schools with Social Emotional programs were found to have an 11 percentile point advantage on achievement tests compared to students in schools without such programs
- Witnessing human goodness creates a “moral elevation” in our bodies that inspires people to act altruistically