Free Baked Goods
The four of us felt that a great way to give to the students is through sweets. We decided to hold a free bake sale during one of the lunch periods. The students could choose a free baked good, such as a brownie, cookie, cupcake, or donut. All that we asked of the students was that they leave a good thought behind, if they wanted to. We wanted to bring positivity and good actions to our environment.
Pillars of Giftivism
Consumption to contribution: "This pillar teaches one to appreciate what one is given and give back in return. On a daily basis, we normally consume. However, while doing this project, we realized that we can incorporate charity or giving back in our routine lives. These goods can be given as treats to society. This is where good karma comes in. We are giving without expecting anything in return. We can hope that there is a sense of appreciation, whether it is direct or indirect."- Elizabeth
Transaction to Trust: " This specific pillar is allowing us to rely on our connection and trust in our community. We have to learn to trust that others will reciprocate good deeds in return. This project practices this because we gave sweets just out of the kindness in our hearts. We did not want anything in return. All we hoped for was that the students would be touched by the positivity and would act upon it by writing good thoughts down."- Tabitha
Isolation to Community: "This pillar will allow us to change the way we connect with our community and cultivate networks. Through our attempt to spread good karma with a generous offer, we were able to bring together a group of students from our school. This allowed us to connect because of our appreciation of the kind act that was done."- Michelle
Scarcity to Abundance: "This pillar describes the gratitude one must feel after receiving a gift. We have to learn to give back to others when our needs are fulfilled. In our project, we caused many of the students to feel gratification because of not only the free baked goods, but the message that was given to them: "good thoughts, good words, good deeds."- Stacy
Elizabeth: "I expected the students to feel appreciated and appreciative. This is more of a giving activity rather than a talking activity. In all honesty, I believe that if people were to do this more often, the environment in which we live in would be completely different."
Tabitha: "I expected the students to be very surprised and happy that they were getting free goods. I did expect many of them to assume that they have to pay and be super excited to find out that it is free. I was hoping that the students would act positively and be glad after experiencing such a fun and selfless deed."
Michelle: "I expected of course a smile and a "thank you" from the students. I was hoping that the students would be grateful for this good deed and write positive thoughts in the jar. I feel that this activity will bring more happiness and positivity into the school community."
Stacy: "I expected the bake sale to be a succes because of what the project entails: free baked goods. I expected the students to be very appreciative of our kindness and generosity."
Elizabeth: "I learned that not only is it easy to make others feel better, but it makes me feel just as happy giving back. Plus, it was a time to think about karma in a good way because I rarely do."
Tabitha: "After doing this project, I learned that doing something positive does not have to be rewarded. Doing something purely for the sake of bringing about happiness in the environment makes one truly happiness. I learned that doing good deeds can inspire people to be positive and happy."
Michelle: "What I observed during the bake sale was that one kind act was able to make someone's day. Many students looked at the table and walked past with disappointment. Once they heard the words "it's free," their faces lit up. Their happiness in appreciating this kind gesture brought joy to my heart. This taught me that peace comes from selflessness and charity."
Stacy: "What I learned was that we made a vast majority of the students' day. I found it endearing that the students hesitated to walk up to us at first because they did not know if the goods were free or not. This taught me that giving just to give is much more rewarding and beneficial for a community."