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Testimonials


"I remember calling my grandmother and smiling so much my cheeks hurt!"

- 5th grade Challenge participant


"Before the ThinkGive Challenge I didn't really think about the little things in life that make a difference. If everyone does the little things in life, it makes a big difference."

- 5th grade Challenge participant


"I remember the feeling of making people feel good, which made yourself feel good."

- 5th grade Challenge participant


"Reading others' gifts for the day and realizing how such simple acts of kindness can change one person's perspective of others for the better."

- 5th grade Challenge participant


"[The ThinkGive Challenge] really makes you open your eyes and appreciate what is given to you. I love it because it teaches you how to spread kindness, and it pushes you along. It also makes you feel good about yourself, which is one of the most important things. When you feel good about yourself, you end up giving more to others."

- 7th grade Challenge participant


"Now, after the Challenge, I see how much people do for me."

- 5th grade Challenge participant


"[The ThinkGive Challenge] really had a huge impact on me because once you gave the gift to the person they were so happy. So now it makes me much more aware of being kind to everything and everyone."

- 5th grade Challenge participant


"The Challenge made me feel very proud of myself. I was proud because I have spent a lot of time giving to other people and making others happy."

- 5th grade Challenge participant


"The Challenge made me realize that you should give all of the time. You shouldn't just give when you have an assignment to give, but you should give whenever you get the chance to."

- 5th grade Challenge participant


"The Challenge made me feel good. It made me feel different about the world I live in."

- 5th grade Challenge participant


"The ThinkGive Challenge really helped me become more of who I am. The gifts that it had me give really helped me to push myself out of my comfort zone."

- 5th grade Challenge participant


"[The Challenge] made me think more about other people."

- 5th grade Challenge participant


"I have learned that I have the power to impact other people's lives in a good way."

- 5th grade Challenge participant


"I learned that I could really make a difference in the world."

- 5th grade Challenge participant


"My favorite part of the Challenge was how I had a warm feeling inside after I gave a gift and how happy other people were when I gave to them."

- 5th grade Challenge participant


"I remember giving respect to one of my teachers by thanking her for giving us all the chance to learn in our own ways. My teacher said it made her week ... which made me feel amazing, like I could fly."

- 5th grade Challenge participant


"I have learned how my actions can result in someone having a good or bad day. I learned that my actions are powerful."

- 6th grade Challenge participant


"[I have learned] that just one little thing can make someone smile."

- 6th grade Challenge participant


"There are millions of kindnesses in the world and you just have to notice them."

- 5th grade Challenge participant


"Because of the Challenge, I started thinking of other people, and gave kindness without anyone telling me to. I appreciated more what other people were giving me."

- 5th grade Challenge participant, Carlisle Public School


"The Challenge helped me think more about others and how to be kind to them."

- 5th grade Challenge participant, Carlisle Public School


"The Challenge made me a better and more caring person. I have learned that you can be thoughtful and kind by doing the smallest things. "

- 5th grade Challenge participant, Carlisle Public School


"The ThinkGive Challenge is a powerful way to help 5th graders build their 'kindness muscles'. Just as we teachers try to develop solid study habits in students, this program helps students build a habit of generosity. 5th graders are seeing that a simple and deliberate act of kindness can create ripples of good feelings among friends, in the classroom, and in their communities."

- Mimi Gleason, 5th grade teacher, Carlisle Public School


"It's been heartwarming for me to watch our sixth graders experience ThinkGive. The program helps reinforce the school's core values of empathy and inclusivity. It helps our girls see beyond themselves and realize that they have the power to create a supportive community, both within Nashoba Brooks School and beyond. "

- Susan Lewis, 6th grade teacher, Nashoba Brooks School


"I have learned that giving makes everyone around you happy and the more giving spreads the happier the world will be. I learned how my small gift could make someone's day."

- 5th grade Challenge participant, Carlisle Public School


"How do we encourage the young people in our lives to be kind and compassionate toward one another? How can we help them recognize the impact their words and actions have on other people in their schools, their families, and their broader communities? ThinkGive has offered me, as an educator, a wonderful means for pursuing these goals. For the past three years I have run a ThinkGive Challenge with the Grade 6 students at Nashoba Brooks School in Concord, MA. Sixth grade is a time of great transition in our all-girls middle school, when our students start seeing themselves as budding teenagers. The social strains of this age can be intense, and ThinkGive prompts the girls to see the power of empathy and other practices that can make our school culture kinder and more inclusive."

- Susan Lewis, Nashoba Brooks School, Concord, MA


"This is the second time I have run the ThinkGive Challenge in my classroom and both times I was pleasantly surprised with the impact it had on my students. Throughout the day and weeks after the Challenge, students still talk about the gifts they gave and how it made them feel happy. That's what I want for my students; for them to feel happy. When they felt happy, they were kinder and it made our day that much more special. I am very thankful to participate in the Challenge and see how small acts of kindness, brought together by a challenge, can truly impact the way kids think."

- Jannette Moya, 4th grade teacher, Belmont-Cragin Elementary School


"I think the ThinkGive Challenge changed me because it made me think of other people around me and not just myself or the people I know, but everyone around me too. On Day 12 we had to give a surprise to someone and I loved it because my mom cried and smiled and my dad smiled and hugged me. I helped my community by cleaning the snow and I wrote little notes to my neighbors. In the morning, when I woke up to take my dog out, some of my neighbors smiled at me and I smiled back and I was happy the rest of the day. I learned to appreciate the little things."

- 4th grade Challenge participant


"ThinkGive provides an authentic learning experience for children to fully understand the impact they have on one another. I don't think one can find a more comprehensive program than ThinkGive that promotes positive interactions in school. It's simply a rewarding experience that everyone should have."

- Drew MacKay, Assistant Head of the Lower School, University Liggett School, MI


"In the beginning of the Challenge I knew how to be kind to others. After the Challenge I actually did kind things [for] others."

- 6th grade Challenge participant, The Fessenden School


"I feel that our whole class was affected by this. It changed many people's mindsets, which changed our class."

- 5th grade Challenge participant, The Meadowbrook School


"The thing I will remember most about the ThinkGive Challenge is the feeling I had every time I completed one of the challenges. I felt more mature and like I could actually make a difference in the people's lives around me. "

- 5th grade Challenge participant, The Meadowbrook School


"It made me recognize how I treat people, how they treat me, and how I treat myself."

- 8th grade Challenge participant, McCall Middle School


"I have learned that being kind is one of the best things you can be as a person."

- 8th grade Challenge participant, McCall Middle School


"ThinkGive directly promotes the first of McCall's three core values -- being learning-centered, respecting self and others, and valuing service to others. There is great energy around the program. It is so fun to witness the positive ways students are helping one another."

- Kelsey Kennedy, 8th grade teacher, McCall Middle School, MA


"The students definitely picked up on the ripple effect throughout the Challenge. It wasn’t clear to them what a ‘ripple effect’ meant prior to the Challenge, but we gave some concrete examples to start and slowly they began to see why we giving kindness creates a ripple effect—by passing on a feeling of happiness that then is passed on to others in various forms. "

- Drew MacKay, Assistant Head of the Lower School, University Liggett School, MI


"Last year during the few months I did ThinkGive, it was probably one of the greatest highlights of my 5th grade. It's a great program built on spreading kindness and care, and it's always fun to see yours peers do things that are absolutely amazing. On top of that, it taught me good habits and traits about how to be compassionate and respectful. In a way, it has shaped the way I am today, and even how I act. In fact, in my opinion I would rather be kind and caring with friends to support me, rather than getting that A on my report card. If you're like me, be introspective and realize that we need kindness in this world, and that we need one another. Be the person that everyone likes, that everyone can trust and feel open around. If we can all accomplish this, we will be one step closer to conquering our dreams."

- Lucas L., 5th grade Challenge participant


"The ThinkGive Challenge complimented a yearlong study of literature which focused on essential questions of generosity, identity, accepting differences, tolerance, mindfulness, and living a life that is both meaningful and true. The gifts served as bridges not only to the the ideas we had explored in text, but as living connections to the relevance of our study in general."

- Alyssa Bigay, 7th grade teacher, Concord Middle School, MA


"The ThinkGive Challenge made me realize that there are parts in every day that we go on autopilot, and if sometimes if we ease out of that phase, we can see what we missed in terms of perhaps helping or being nice to somebody. The biggest impact on me was when the whole grade recorded their gifts and I saw that we all tried to do something noteworthy that day that could have changed someone's life. I learned that if we all just be mindful of our surroundings, good things will come from it. My takeaway is that giving and receiving a bit of kindness can make somebody and yourself really happy, and just a moment of happiness, a reason to continue hoping, can come from a little bit of consideration for others."

- 7th grade Challenge participant, Concord Middle School


"ThinkGive gave me a new perspective of giving. I thought that giving was presenting a gift to someone, or helping prevent bullying, something big like that, but I realized that a smile could make the difference in someone having an up or a down day. I now think of ways to give, without even thinking sometimes, and I think that that is a great thing, because it means that you can lighten up someone's day."

- 7th grade Challenge participant, Concord Middle School


"The ThinkGive Challenge impacted me because it made me more aware of my actions. I learned that every action makes a difference. "

- 7th grade Challenge participant, Concord Middle School


"The Challenge impacted me with the fact that now I believe that a small gift in your own eyes can be a big gift in someone else's eyes."

- 7th grade Challenge participant, Concord Middle School


"I have learned just how much in life we kind of think self-centered about ourselves, and it was nice for a change to think outside what we needed and think of others. Even after the Challenge was over, I still find myself thinking of others, and giving compliments, or helping a person out, something I wouldn't have done as much before."

- 7th grade Challenge participant, Concord Middle School


"It makes me want to do better things in the world."

- 7th grade Challenge participant, Concord Middle School


"I think the Challenge helped me recognize that even small acts of kindness can make a change. Being kind isn’t about impressing people, it is about recognizing them."

- 8th grade Challenge participant, McCall Middle School


"I learned that as a result of participating in the Challenge, I understand that simple acts of kindness can make a big difference."

- 6th grade Challenge participant


"I was always loved to give, but coming together and doing ThinkGive really helped me open up my eyes even more than they already were. Even a super small act of kindness, one so small maybe you don't even remember it, could make a huge difference in someone's day."

- 6th grade Challenge participant


"The Challenge made me think how my actions every day have an impact on other people."

- 6th grade Challenge participant


"ThinkGive showed me what a great impact kindness can do on a community and the world. I learned the power of kindness in this Challenge, and I will never forget it. "

- 6th grade Challenge participant


"At the beginning I honestly thought it was very embarrassing to give random gifts to people and I thought of myself as cowardly or not as good as as other people who aren't embarrassed like I was. But at the end, I was moved from everything that I had done. I thought that I had become a different person and that I did things that I wouldn't have done on my own. ThinkGive let me be my best self. The impact it had on me was great. I felt more free to do things that help others and I wasn't afraid. I learned that even when you don't think that you could do anything like this, you really can! I also learned that my community cares. Not only about us, as a team, but me as an individual. I found out that there were people who care about me."

- 6th grade Challenge participant


"ThinkGive has taught me to be the best person I can be, through giving, spreading, and sharing kindness."

- 6th grade Challenge participant


"ThinkGive has been an meaningful tool in my classroom, for building connections to important themes in the study of literature, as well as a consistent focal point to engage around discussions about the power of empathy, kindness, gratitude and individual bravery."

- Alyssa Bigay, Teacher, Concord Middle School, Concord, MA


"I've learned that one of the biggest ways to be happy is giving, not taking."

- 5th grade Challenge participant


"I learned that you can change anyone's world with a few words."

- 7th grade Challenge participant, Concord Middle School, MA


"ThinkGive is a great way to get students thinking about kindness and how to treat people. It initiates meaningful discussions in the classroom and leaves kids with memorable lessons that motivate them to want to make the world a better place."

- Jon Smith, Teacher, Willard Elementary School (Concord, MA)


"ThinkGive's impact on me lasts longer than just the time that I participate in it. Since I began ThinkGive, I started realizing that there's a lot more in the world than you realize, and every small thing has the power to change a life. I also learned that you can't change others, but what you can do is change yourself, and view people from a different perspective to see the good in yourself and the world. "

- 6th grade ThinkGive participant, Concord Middle School, MA


"I think ThinkGive has taught me to be more aware of people around me and that my presence matters. I learned from ThinkGive that the tiniest gift can make the biggest difference. "

- 6th grade ThinkGive participant, Concord Middle School, MA


"ThinkGive caused me to think, and change the way I think about giving and what that is. It made me think about what I take for granted, and what I need to be thankful for. I learned many different things during ThinkGive that will remind me how to give to others and myself. "

- 6th grade ThinkGive participant, Concord Middle School, MA


"ThinkGive really changes how I thought and saw other people. I learned that being kind to someone in the smallest way can change how they feel throughout the rest of the day. "

- 6th grade ThinkGive participant, Concord Middle School, MA


"ThinkGive allowed me to explore kindness. In the start, I never even thought of labels I might be giving people. Now I know [thx to ThinkGive] that people are more than what they look like."

- 6th grade ThinkGive participant, Concord Middle School, MA


"One of the big things I learned was to not judge people by their appearance but to dig a little deeper and find out what they are really like."

- 6th grade ThinkGive participant, Concord Middle School, MA


"I highly recommend the ThinkGive program as a means of explicitly teaching students skills that are often overlooked in the day to day curriculum in schools. At this vulnerable middle school age, lessons of kindness, gratitude, and empathy are so important. ThinkGive challenges students to extend outside of their comfort zone into their courage zone. It creates a culture of giving in the classroom that is powerful. It provides meaningful real world homework assignments that show students how they can make a small, but profound, positive impact on others. "

- Sarah Leonardelli, Teacher, The Park School, Brookline, MA


"Positive character traits such as generosity, kindness, and empathy can be nurtured and developed in childhood through teaching, modeling, and direct experience. ThinkGive allows all of this to happen in a classroom setting, strengthening the individual development of the child as well as supporting the social and emotional health of the whole classroom and school community."

- Rachel Kramer, Pediatric Psychologist


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