Kind Community celebration to be held in September

Screen shot 2015-08-25 at 4.46.14 PMPOCATELLO —  Kind is a big deal these days. Individuals and organizations all across the country are working to make their schools, their neighborhoods, their communities, their worlds, just a little bit kinder.

That’s why a group of individuals in Pocatello and Chubbuck, Idaho are bringing their separate causes together in the spirit of collaboration to form an initiative called Kind Community.

A weeklong celebration of kindness will officially launch Kind Community in Pocatello and Chubbuck, Idaho, September 21–27, 2015 with programs that educate, engage and encourage participation.

“It’s exciting to see the entire community get behind and support Kind Community,” said Pocatello Mayor, Brian Blad. Behind the positivity and kindness, there are dire and sobering statistics that punctuate the need for our community to take swift and immediate action. Idaho has the 5th highest suicide rate, a ranking that is steadily declining (Suicide Prevention Action Network of Idaho). Idaho is also at the bottom of the third quintile on a ranking of overall well-being in Idaho (Gallup-Healthways (2014). State of American Well-Being).

The group approached City of Pocatello Mayor, Brian Blad and City of Chubbuck Mayor, Kevin England, as well as Bannock County Commissioners Steve Hadley, Howard Manwaring and Karl E. Anderson and administrators from Pocatello/Chubbuck School District No. 25, to gain support in creating Kind Community, a weeklong calendar of events from September 21–27, 2017 celebrating a diversity of activities focused on being kind.

“Each of our partners were working on separate ‘kind’ initiatives focused on creating positive, empowering experiences for the youth in our community,” said Courtney Fisher, Kind Community co-founder and chair. “We founded Kind Community as a way to pool our resources together toward a common goal, while recognizing and celebrating that there is power in numbers. By working together, we all win.”

On Wednesday, September 2, Pocatello Mayor, Brian Blad, Chubbuck Mayor, Kevin England and Bannock County Commissioners, Steve Hadley, Howard Manwaring and Karl E. Anderson will recognize Kind Community by signing a joint proclamation at 2pm in the Commissioners’ Chambers at the Bannock County Courthouse. The proclamation will be read at Chubbuck and Pocatello City Council Meetings on September 16 and 17, respectively.

The festivities will begin with the 1st annual Kind Community Kick-Off Celebration at the Portneuf Wellness Complex. This free, family-friendly event will be the first community sponsored event held at the Complex after it is gifted to Bannock County from the

Portneuf Health Trust. The preliminary celebration schedule also includes:

• September 16, 5pm––Civitan-sponsored Revive Kind @ 5 concert (tentative)

• September 21, 5:30pm–8:30pm––Kick-Off Celebration at the Portneuf Wellness Complex featuring a live reading of the Kind Community Proclamation, motivational and inspirational activities promoting kindness

• September 21–25–– School activities include Kind Campaign’s Finding Kind documentary screening and assembly (two screenings); Speak Up Against Bullying events sponsored by Mrs. Bannock County 2015; Kindness Movement school assemblies and random acts of kindness calendar sponsored by Mrs. Pocatello 2015; School District #25 CAKE Award presentations; Idaho State University student group involvement; and involvement from student councils, student organizations and clubs at the elementary, middle school and high school levels

• September 26––Hitting Hearts homerun derby and charity whiffle ball event for special needs children

• September 26–Book reading/signing, Mike Sanders, Jabbers: Jabbering About the Big Bully Curse

• Kind Campaign’s Kind Club curriculum implemented at middle school level across Pocatello and Chubbuck for the 2015/2016 school year

• Tap into our local business community and other local events to see how we can integrate a “kind” spin

• Events, clubs and other activities throughout the 2015/2016 school year

From left, Trent Clegg, Mayor Kent England, Jennifer Maynard, Stephanie Heaton, Courtney Fisher, Anthony Nelson, Billie Johnson, Justine Buffalo, Mayor Brian Blad, Logan McDougall. Not pictured: Rainbow Maldonado, Christian Colonel, Kent Hobbs, Kimberly Paige, Mike Sanders.

From left, Trent Clegg, Mayor Kent England, Jennifer Maynard, Stephanie Heaton,
Courtney Fisher, Anthony Nelson, Billie Johnson, Justine Buffalo, Mayor Brian Blad,
Logan McDougall. Not pictured: Rainbow Maldonado, Christian Colonel, Kent Hobbs,
Kimberly Paige, Mike Sanders.

2 thoughts on “Kind Community celebration to be held in September

  1. I would like to be involved in the Kind Campaign. Please contact me this week at above email or at 208-251-1609. I have also left a message on Courtney Fisher’s cell phone (that was in paper last week). Have a great week.

  2. Hi Shawn, we have provided your contact information to these folks, you should be hearing from them soon.

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