POCATELLO âÂ Â Kind is a big dealÂ these days. Individuals and organizations all across the country are working to makeÂ their schools, their neighborhoods, their communities, their worlds, just a little bit kinder.
Thatâs why a group of individuals in Pocatello and Chubbuck, Idaho are bringing theirÂ separate causes together in the spirit of collaboration to form an initiative called KindÂ Community.
A weeklong celebration of kindness will officially launch Kind Community in PocatelloÂ and Chubbuck, Idaho, September 21â27, 2015 with programs that educate, engage andÂ encourage participation.
âItâs exciting to see the entire community get behind and support Kind Community,â saidÂ Pocatello Mayor, Brian Blad.Â Behind the positivity and kindness, there are dire and sobering statistics that punctuateÂ the need for our community to take swift and immediate action. Idaho has the 5thÂ highest suicide rate, a ranking that is steadily declining (Suicide Prevention ActionÂ Network of Idaho). Idaho is also at the bottom of the third quintile on a ranking of overallÂ 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,Â Kevin England, as well as Bannock County Commissioners Steve Hadley, HowardÂ Manwaring and Karl E. Anderson and administrators from Pocatello/Chubbuck SchoolÂ District No.Â 25, to gain support in creating Kind Community, a weeklong calendar of eventsÂ from September 21â27, 2017 celebrating a diversity of activities focused on being kind.
âEach of our partners were working on separate âkindâ initiatives focused on creatingÂ positive, empowering experiences for the youth in our community,â said Courtney Fisher,Â Kind Community co-founder and chair. âWe founded Kind Community as a way to poolÂ our resources together toward a common goal, while recognizing and celebrating thatÂ there is power in numbers. By working together, we all win.â
On Wednesday, September 2, Pocatello Mayor, Brian Blad, Chubbuck Mayor, KevinÂ England and Bannock County Commissioners, Steve Hadley, Howard Manwaring andÂ Karl E. Anderson will recognize Kind Community by signing a joint proclamation at 2pmÂ in the Commissionersâ Chambers at the Bannock County Courthouse. The proclamationÂ will be read at Chubbuck and Pocatello City Council Meetings on September 16 and 17,Â respectively.
The festivities will begin with the 1st annual Kind Community Kick-Off Celebration at theÂ Portneuf Wellness Complex. This free, family-friendly event will be the first community sponsoredÂ event held at the Complex after it is gifted to Bannock County from the
Portneuf Health Trust. The preliminary celebration schedule also includes:
â˘ September 16, 5pmââCivitan-sponsored Revive Kind @ 5 concert (tentative)
â˘ September 21, 5:30pmâ8:30pmââKick-Off Celebration at the Portneuf WellnessÂ Complex featuring a live reading of the Kind Community Proclamation,Â motivational and inspirational activities promoting kindness
â˘ September 21â25ââ School activities include Kind Campaignâs Finding KindÂ documentary screening and assembly (two screenings); Speak Up AgainstÂ Bullying events sponsored by Mrs. Bannock County 2015; Kindness MovementÂ school assemblies and random acts of kindness calendar sponsored by Mrs.Â Pocatello 2015; School District #25 CAKE Award presentations; Idaho StateÂ University student group involvement; and involvement from student councils,Â student organizations and clubs at the elementary, middle school and highÂ school levels
â˘ September 26ââHitting Hearts homerun derby and charity whiffle ball event forÂ special needs children
â˘ September 26âBook reading/signing, Mike Sanders, Jabbers: Jabbering AboutÂ the Big Bully Curse
â˘ Kind Campaign’s Kind Club curriculum implemented at middle school levelÂ across Pocatello and Chubbuck for the 2015/2016 school year
â˘ Tap into our local business community and other local events to see how we canÂ integrate a âkindâ spin
â˘ Events, clubs and other activities throughout the 2015/2016 school year