This is a program that is real, it’s raw, and it’s relevant! It grabs the student’s attention right from the start and keeps them engaged throughout the entire program. The message tears down the invisible face mask that kids put up around them, and penetrates into their hearts and minds. It causes them to truly look at their lives through different eyes!!!
The program runs approximately 1 to 1 ½ hours.
The Principal of each individual school starts the event by introducing the MBC program.
An MBC representative will give special thanks to the school principal and staff, as well as to the sponsors who help make the event possible. The representative will then begin the MBC program.
A short video is played sharing information about Ryan, followed by television news footage of his automobile accident.
Speaker Wade White begins the program by sharing details of the tragic loss of his son, and how that sorrowful event impacted and forever changed his life, and the lives of his family.
Wade discusses the powerful fact that everyone in the room is making a life impact and this impact isn’t just linear, but rather 360 degrees around them. Whether they realize it or not, they are impacting people around them, often without even realizing it. He then begins to change the dynamics of the room by asking the kids to stand up and move next to someone that they don't know, someone they may have not talked to in a long time, or someone they may have had an issue with in the past. This has proven very effective in breaking down emotional walls and opening up lines of communication. He then moves into his message which contains the following:
Random Acts of Kindness Tank & Move it Forward Bracelet -
At the end of program, each child is given a Move It Forward bracelet and informed of the Random Acts of Kindness Tank. The tank is placed in a central focal point within the school and Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) cards are placed in a rack on top of the tank. The kids are encouraged to complete a RAK card anytime they themselves perform, or they see someone else perform, a random act of kindness. The RAK cards include a description of the act of kindness and who performed it. Periodically throughout the school year, the principal, a counselor, or a teacher can draw completed RAK cards from the tank and for those cards drawn, Sonic, our sponsor for this portion of the program, will in turn, perform an act of kindness by giving those students a free meal, a #1 with a burger, fries, and a drink! It is at the schools discretion as to when and how many cards are chosen from the tank.
The purpose of the tank is to enlighten kids with the knowledge that their actions don't necessarily have to be great and monumental in order to make a positive impact on the world around them. Each little ripple can have far reaching effects. The tank also acts as a 'character' monitoring gauge for the staff and students.
Upcoming Additions -
We are currently working on video modules to implement into a year round program on character. These videos are 5 to 15 minutes long and will typically be played during announcements or open assembly. The videos will be played in all the classrooms through downloaded video or streaming video through the internet. The purpose of these short videos is to stimulate the integration of positive character attributes into daily activities, promoting a natural culture of outstanding character within the student body of the school.
We are currently in the research and development stages of creating a powerful, interactive, mobile resource application.