Think back to when you were in middle school or high school. What would you have done if your social studies teacher gave you the following extra-credit assignment: Think of an idea to change our world and put it into action. Would you have been able to come up with an idea, or would you have been stumped? Trevor McKinney was tasked with this exact assignment in the movie “Pay it Forward” and came up with a remarkable idea that really did have the potential to make a big impact on the world.
Trevor’s idea was to do a kind deed for three different people, and in turn, encourage them to also do kind deeds for three additional people. If no one breaks the cycle, the number of people doing good deeds for others increases very rapidly. (As I’ve mentioned before in my Monday Memos, when we do nice things for others, we also feel good. It’s part of bucket filling.)
So what would happen if we started a pay it forward movement in our school? Would we be able to see a difference in attitudes towards each other or towards the students? Would we see people smile more? Would students be able to see a difference in how our school operates?
Thursday, April 28, is national “Pay it Forward Day.” Let’s see how many good deeds we can do for others that day. Not only that, let’s see if we can keep a “pay it forward” movement going for the remainder of the school year.
If you want to know more about the pay it forward concept, check out these websites.