The Sandy Hook Promise Club was created by myself and another student from Newtown, CT in memory of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.  The mission of our club at SJU is to participate in the 26  Acts of Kindness Campaign, spread awareness about prevention of campus violence, and help create a healthy and inclusive environment at SJU.

The 26 Acts of Kindness is a national movement in memory of the 26 victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, CT on December 14, 2012. The idea is to perform a small act of kindness every day, in the 26 days leading up to the anniversary of the tragedy, in memory of each of the victims.  Spreading kindness is a way to combat times of tragedy and bring light to such darkness. 26, was a symbolic number, but it is just a beginning and hopefully it will lead to a lifetime of being kind to others.  This year we are partnering with different clubs and organizations who have all committed to performing an Act of Kindness in honor of the beautiful lives that were taken too quickly.

The club originated on campus back in Fall of 2015.  Since then our group has been participating in the 26 Acts of Kindness campaign which runs from November 19th to December 14th annually.  Throughout the past three years we have gotten hundreds of signatures of commitment, raised awareness for the movement, and hopefully inspired many SJU students to perform 26 small acts of kindness throughout this time period and beyond.

Check out the SHPO Instagram to see all the acts of kindness done at SJU as the movement spread across campus:

https://www.instagram.com/sju_sandyhookpromise/