One of the talks that we heard was from Alex Sheen, who began a movement called, "Because I said I would." The idea is to get people to commit to their promises and to make a difference for themselves or for those around them. After writing a promise on a card, the author gives it to the person the promise is intended for. After the promise is fulfilled, the author is given the card back as a reminder of the promise that they kept. It's a simple idea, with great benefits.
As we get into the swing of 2014, our middle school students and adults are in the process of creating promise cards. We have spent time learning about Because I said I would, and crafting promises that are meaningful to each individual. We will soon be creating a "Promise Wall" in the office for everyone to sign once they have fulfilled their promise. The promise itself is between the student and the person who they are making the promise to. The board will represent the outstanding character that exists in our building.
Check out the two videos below for more information. The first is the TED Talk that took place in Utica, and the second is an abbreviated summary of the Because I said I would movement. If you know an elementary student, ask them how they are using this same idea in the elementary school, too!