“Children experience bullying each day, whether it be at home, online, in school, or out in our communities. Children have not yet developed the coping skills to brush off devastating effects. It’s our job to give our children the tools needed to be successful in life and to learn the valuable attributes that we make them successful. By teaching our children resilience and kindness, we can help teach them some of the most valuable life skills to get them through the adolescence.” - Melissa Nelson
Community Kindness Movement was founded in 2015 by Melissa Nelson and her family because their own child was dealing with bullying. The family chose to perform acts of kindness, sending 26 single yellow roses anonymously to the school, which ultimately brought awareness of harassment and youth violence, particularly in school settings.
Community Kindness Week kicks off the “Community Initiative” and the “Kindness Begins with Me School Program” at the beginning of each school year. Every year, CKM celebration begins the third week in September. Each day of the Kindness Week, there is an acts-of-kindness challenge for the community and for the schools to participate in.