At key2Bme, we're all about spreading positivity—and recognizing those everyday heroes who make a difference in our lives and communities. That's why we started our Unlock Happiness Program. We are on the lookout for people or groups who are spreading kindness and inspiration to others. Those selected will receive a donation of our inspiring keys to support their efforts and be featured on our website and in social media.
Our Happiness Heroes
Here are the people or groups we've recognized so far:
“Take one for inspiration. Leave one for motivation.” This is the motto behind Knox Early Childhood Education Center’s rock garden. Miss Rebekah Ozuna, a teacher at the San Antonio school, introduced an idea to create a garden filled with rocks painted with positive phrases and encouraging messages to promote spreading kindness. The SAISD Foundation, a nonprofit committed to investing in student and teacher success, supported Miss Ozuna’s idea and rallied support from local businesses and community members to gather the necessary resources for the garden. Although Miss Ozuna’s project originally began as a plan for Random Acts of Kindness week, the rock garden has flourished and greatly impacted not only her students, but the surrounding community as well. She has seen those touched by the garden grow in ways she never imagined. The work that Miss Ozuna and her students are doing totally ROCKS our socks off, and we can’t wait to donate a set of our “Kind” keys to be given to those who paint a rock and contribute to the garden. Make sure to check out @MissOzuna on Instagram to follow updates on the rock garden!
Paige’s Princess Foundation, Inc.
Paige was a loving daughter, sister, granddaughter, and friend who passed away in 2010 at the age of six. Paige’s Princess Foundation, Inc. was created to honor Paige by providing small grants to pediatric patients with lifelong disabilities. Each year, the foundation finances adaptive equipment or therapeutic services to enhance the quality of life, mobility, and independent function of the child. We are touched by their work and are sending them a set of our "Courage" and "Hope" keys that can be given to the grant recipients. We hope our keys will provide extra inspiration to these courageous children and their families during challenging times!
Check them out here.
Flint Optimism Initiative
We were made aware of the Flint Optimism Initiative through following Shawn Achor—one of the most inspiring people we know. Through his social channels he recently invited others to take part in the initiative by sending copies of the book "The Happiness Advantage" to the 21 school districts of Flint, Michigan. He shared what many may already know—that Flint has been experiencing a true public health crisis from cyclical poverty, contaminated water, and eroding safety. Team Good Think's educational partners at the Orange Frog Workshop have been working with the schools of Flint to create a happiness curriculum for the educators, the staff, and the students. Would you believe that the schools have already completed 6,000 random acts of kindness?! We are so inspired! To support their efforts, we have donated 10 copies of the book and also donated 50 of our "BEE" HAPPY keys. Since kids love to clip these on their backpacks and lanyards, we're hoping they can use them use them to reward their student leaders or encourage participation by using these as little incentives for students who step up and put themselves out there in front of their peers.
We're honoring Team Augustine for all they do to spread kindness and happiness to kids facing medical challenges. One of the ways they do this is through HEALium Hugs which delivers balloons to hospitals to put smiles on the faces of kids who are there for treatment. To support their efforts, we sent them an assortment of our most uplifting keys that they can use to lift the spirits of the kids they serve or use as a fundraiser to support their efforts.
Learn more about Team Augustine here.
The Invincible Foundation
The Invincible Foundation empowers girls from under-resourced communities to achieve their goals by providing them with resources and opportunities to reach their full potential and further their education. We love this foundation’s mission and are so happy to support their efforts! We donated "Artist" keys for the girls who attended art camp, "Dance" keys for the girls who attended dance camp, and custom "Invincible" keys for their upcoming backpack picnic, where the girls receive a backpack and school supplies for the new school year.
Learn more about The Invincible Foundation on their website.
The Sunshine Project
Mrs. Griffith's group of kindergartners at High Tech Elementary Chula Vista have been working this trimester on "The Sunshine Project," which aims to spread happiness in their school and community. Each student received one of our "Amazing" keys and one of our "Happy" keys to give away to support their mission to spread happiness. Now that the trimester has ended, when the students presented their project to the community, they each received a "Shine" key to keep for themselves as a little extra surprise from us! We hope it will serve as a reminder of all the great work they did and inspire them to keep shining and spreading happiness to others. Way to go, kids!
Miles of Smiles
Miles of Smiles is a newly formed club at UW-Stevens Point that's working to create awareness and raise money in support of those with cleft lip/palate and craniofacial disorders. At key2Bme, we were so inspired by their work that we created a custom "Smile" key just for them! We donated these custom keys so they can use them as a fundraiser to help spread (you guessed it!) MILES of SMILES!
Learn more about Miles of Smiles here.
Kid Nicholas Going Gold 4 Kids
Nicholas is a 9-year-old who was diagnosed with cancer in 2013 and has now been in remission for three years. He and his family are now spreading kindness by helping other families who are battling this disease. Whether it's helping with a bill, buying holiday gifts or just stopping by to share some encouragement, he is putting smiles on other kids' faces! We are sending Nicholas one of our "Purpose" keys because he is surely making a difference in the lives of others! In addition, we are pulling together a supply of our most uplifting, encouraging keys for him so he can use them in his work to spread hope and happiness and raise much needed awareness for kids who battle cancer.
Learn more about his work here: Kid Nicholas Going Gold 4 Kids Founding Hope
SuperYou FUNdation was founded by Lourds Lane and is an educational arts-based foundation that empowers youth to notice and celebrate the superhero qualities in themselves and others so they feel inspired to positively impact their communities. We want to recognize their inspiring work to spread happiness by continuing to donate custom "HERO" keys all throughout 2018. And, we are pulling together a big care package of many of our other inspiring keys that they can use in their curriculum that fosters a culture of kindness and anti-bullying.
Learn more about their amazing organization here: superyoufun.org
Do you know someone who spreads kindness and inspiration everywhere they go, or who works hard to make the world a better place? Share your story using the contact form below!