Secret Kindness Agents was a featured segment on the Hallmark Channel airing of The Christmas Train in December 2017.
Moved by the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, Ferial Pearson wondered if a simple act of kindness could change a life. She thought of the school where she taught and the students she guided every day and wondered, what would happen if we started secretly carrying out small acts of kindness in school?
Could a modest act of compassion really change the course of a life? She posed the question to her students. They didn’t have the answers but they were willing to find out. So they became the Secret Kindness Agents. They not only changed the lives of those they met, they changed their own. Their hope, their hearts, and their hunger for happiness will inspire you to change your small corner of the world, in your own way, for the better. Let them show you how they did it, and how you can do the same.
This program has been implemented in over 350 schools across the country.
Ferial Pearson, a native of Nairobi, Kenya, is a national award-winning high school teacher and college instructor. For her dedicated work in education and human rights, she has earned the National Education Association’s Virginia Uribe Award for Creative Leadership in Human Rights in 2012, and the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network’s Educator of the Year Respect Award in 2011. She is an Instructor and Instructional Coach in the Teacher Education Department at the University of Nebraska Omaha.
“In an age where teens are passionately plugged into virtual reality, but tragically tuned out to the world revolving around them, the Secret Kindness Agents prove that it is possible to unplug, reconnect, and spread love and joy. Inspiring and heart-warming, The Secret Kindness Agents will leave any reader feeling hopeful.” Erin Gruwell, Founder of the Freedom Writers
“Kindness is a weed. It doesn’t need rich soil and pampering. It doesn’t need much attention at all. But, give it even a crevice in the hardest rock and it will find a way to thrive. In this small volume, Ferial Pearson leads a group of high school students on a journey of discovery about the power of kindness to take hold and multiply when given even the slightest chance.” Lester Laminack, S.K.A. “Sting,” award-winning educator and bestselling author of Bullying Hurts: Teaching Kindness Through Read Alouds and Guided Conversations
“This is a story about the real meaning of education. It’s not about becoming a better producer or consumer; it’s about becoming a better human being!” – Dr. Peter Smith S.K.A. “Hopeful” – Associate Professor, College of Education, University of Nebraska at Omaha.