CBU Honors Program Takes Kindly to Strangers

Taylor Melton DAK

DAK Day 31, Taylor Melton gives a free gift card to Chick-fil-a to a random commuter

The Honors Program Deliberate Acts of Kindness (DAK) Project, created by Honors Program Director Dr. Tracie Burke and senior Tiffany Corkran, has just completed its second successful year. For the last two spring semesters, Honors Program students and faculty members participated in completing an act of kindness each day through the months of February through April—that’s over 60 consecutive days of kindness each year! Acts ranged from donating blood, time, money, can tabs, hair, and food to writing cards, thank you notes, and inspirational post-its and even more! What made this project so special is that the participants planned and completed their kind acts deliberately rather than randomly. To take the initiative and the time to plan these acts allowed the participants to fully understand how lending a helping hand truly affects, not only the lives of the people they are helping, but their own lives, as well. The true purpose for the DAK Project is to help people to become more involved with their community, to become more aware of the societal issues affecting our immediate community and beyond, and to #SpreadTheKindness. We hope that through the DAK posts on the CBU Honors Program Facebook page others would be inspired to get out to continue helping their neighbors and those in need. Though the project only lasts for a few months, we hope that the loving, caring aura that was embodied by the participants will continue throughout the year and infect others with the desire to share their time and love with their community.