226 Acts of Kindness

Many a time, we do small acts of kindness for one another that go unnoticed. Although "kindness" brings to mind extravagant displays of philanthropy, it's the many small acts that make life a little better. So, our team has decided to compile 226 of these small acts into a list, acknowledging the various ways we help others without even giving it a second thought. Of course, we don't stop with 226. In the spirit of FIRST, we continue these acts of kindness, and improve our community one step at a time.

AoK #116

"I drove and dropped off an acquaintance of mine to her house as she needed a ride."

~ Michael T.


AoK #115

"During Band Festival last Saturday, I voluntarily chose to help out in setting up the seats and stands on stage for the Troy High Concert Band."

~ Michael T.


AoK #114

"Whenever someone else needs to use the computer for work, I always give it to them. Usually, I’m just playing video games, so I’m fine with handing it over for half an hour."

~ Brenden


AoK #113

"In newspaper class, I bought supplies for a class party and brought them in. Most people wanted to have the party, but they weren't willing to work to get it."

~ Brenden


AoK #112

"I helped my English teacher by running attendance papers down to the main office. My help was greatly appreciated. "

~ Brenden


AoK #111

"In January, I shoveled my house’s driveway without being asked or rewarded. My brother always sits out on those sorts of things, but I don’t."

~ Brenden


AoK #110

"I brought pizza for the Chairman's group to celebrate our submission and our accomplishments this year."

~ Ananya


AoK #109

"I sometimes buy free snacks for my friends during lunch, and I buy them a lunch if they forgot their money or ID card."

~ Akshay


AoK #108

"I normally volunteer in the youth section of the Troy Public Library, where I sort books, set up events, and help others find what they need."

~ Akshay


AoK #107

"Helped a fellow student with a chemistry project by donating spare parts."

~ David


AoK #106

"Bought some random person lunch when they found out they forgot their wallet."

~ David


AoK #105

"I drove 3 acquaintances to red robins and payed for their dinner."

~ Kyle


AoK #104

"Helped a fellow student with their calculus homework."

~ David


AoK #103

"My friend's necklace broke, so I offered to reassemble it for her."

~ Kaila


AoK #102

"At church, I volunteer to play at masses in an ensemble."

~ Kaila


AoK #101

"I revised my younger sister's essay and gave her feedback to help her improve."

~ Kaila


AoK #100

"I volunteered at a Physical Therapy clinic. It was such a great experience to help out a local business."

~ Ananya


AoK #99

"I give rides to my school friends after school, theater practice, and other activities."

~ Roshan


AoK #98

"I was visiting downtown Detroit for some work and went to eat in a McDonald's. There was a homeless person asking for money, so I bought him breakfast and coffee."

~ Roshan


AoK #97

"My friend needed a pencil for a test. I gave him one and let him keep it."

~ Varun S.


AoK #96

"I shoveled my neighbor's car out when it was buried with snow on the snow days we had. I have known my neighbors for a pretty long time, so it's good to help them whenever I can."

~ Balaji


AoK #95

"I have helped the environment by recycling. I always recycle whatever I have: soda cans, paper, and plastic bottles."

~ Balaji


AoK #94

"Yesterday at our orchestra rehearsal, I left a batch of cookies as a gift to the DSO bassists to welcome them back to snowy MI after their tour in Florida."

~ Kaila


AoK #93

"Once I saw a kid trip in the hallway. I asked him if he was okay and helped him pick up his books."

~ Varun S.


AoK #92

"I have donated my old reading books to Vietnam Veterans charity. I like donating to veterans and their families. We are repaying what they gave to society."

~ Balaji


AoK #91

"Whenever I buy lunch or a bag of chips from the school cafeteria, I usually share the food with the people sitting around me."

~ Varun S.


AoK #90

"I have three foster babies living with me: two 2 year old twins and a baby girl. I share my home with them everyday, and treat them as if they're siblings."

~ Connor


AoK #89

"I helped an elderly man load all his groceries in his car. He was very happy. I like to do services for the elderly."

~ Balaji


AoK #87,88

"We helped tear down at Southfield District."

~ Mihir, David


AoK #86

"I fixed a water leak and sucked up the water at my mom’s office."

~ Mihir


AoK #84, 85

"We cheered on the Benzene Bots and the Captains at the Howell District, and also helped Benzene Bots with scouting."

~ Mihir, David


AoK #83

"I frequently drive a fellow team mate home after school."

~ Mihir


AoK #82

"One time, this old lady needed help with her heavy groceries (she needed to take it upstairs). So, I helped her by carrying the groceries for her."

~ Surabhi


AoK #81

"I visited a friend in the hospital and then stayed with him for 3 weeks till he recovered."

~ Ledio


AoK #80

"I helped an old lady pick up shopping bags because they were heavy."

~ Ledio


AoK #79

"I help many friends with homework."

~ Ledio


AoK #78

"I organized 60 folders after orchestra."

~ Ken


AoK #77

"I paid for three people's movie tickets."

~ Ken


AoK #76

"I held open the door for several people."

~ Michael


AoK #75

"I tutor other students after school."

~ Megan


AoK #74

"I give my parents hugs."

~ Saurav


AoK #73

"I gave my brother money for soda."

~ John


AoK #72

"I volunteer at church."

~ Alex


AoK #71

"I let people borrow my stationary."

~ Megan


AoK #70

"I gave my friend an extra dollar for food."

~ Alex


AoK #69

"I volunteer at my church."

~ Saurav


AoK #68

"I lent someone money."

~ Megan


AoK #67

"I helped a friend with their homework."

~ Alan


AoK #66

"I bought my friend lunch."

~ Alan


AoK #65

"I helped my dad shovel snow."

~ Howard


AoK #64

"I shoveled snow."

~ Vlad


AoK #63

"I helped someone with homework."

~ Nikhil


AoK #62

"I volunteered to call bingo at the nearby nursing home."

~ Howard


AoK #61

"I tutored at Smith Middle School."

~ Elizabeth


AoK #60

"I stayed after school to help out in the library."

~ Vlad


AoK #59

"I shoveled snow."

~ Nikhil


AoK #58

"I made someone laugh."

~ Nikhil


AoK #57

"I volunteer at the Troy Public Library."

~ Howard


AoK #56

"I volunteered at Martell CARE."

~ Elizabeth


AoK #55

"I volunteered as an art assistant."

~ Elizabeth


AoK #54

"I helped my dad shovel snow."

~ Lee


AoK #53

"I volunteered at a food bank."

~ Neelesh


AoK #52

"I complimented on my friend's hair."

~ Amritha


AoK #51

"I initiated, helped run, and donated to a Philippines Typhoon Relief fund."

~ Neelesh


AoK #50

"I told my friend that her hair looked really good and she did a good job on it."

~ Sara


AoK #49

"I traveled to Grand Rapids to volunteer with my church."

~ Charles


AoK #48

"During the holidays, I gave my bus driver a gift."

~ Amritha


AoK #47

"I donated my old clothes to a friend who needed them."

~ Sara


AoK #46

"I complimented a classmate on her outfit."

~ Amritha


AoK #45

"I volunteered at church."

~ Charles


AoK #44

"I tutored a peer."

~ Pranav


AoK #43

"I volunteered at Gleaners Food Bank two weeks ago."

~ Sai


AoK #42

"I helped Bryce pay for some pizza for the team."

~ Sai


AoK #41

"I volunteered at church soundboard for a fundraiser."

~ Ben B.


AoK #40

"I helped re-arrange Mrs. Clark's (my english teacher) room after her shoulder surgery."

~ Roshan


AoK #39

"I donated blood."

~ Pranav


AoK #38

"I volunteered to help at an elderly fish fry."

~ Nate


AoK #37

"I complemented someone."

~ Ben B.


AoK #36

"I donated to a fundraiser for the Philippines disaster."

~ Ben B.


AoK #35

"I opened the door for a person with crutches."

~ Sai


AoK #34

"I helped my cousin finish his homework."

~ Sai


AoK #33

"I helped my neighbors shovel their snow over winter."

~ Nate


AoK #32

"I helped someone finish their science homework in 2nd hour."

~ Hanna Rau


AoK #31

"I helped out at Matthew 25: Ministries during this last summer."

~ Sully


AoK #30

"I helped someone carry their false baby from Family Planning class."

~ Hanna Rau


AoK #28, 29

"We changed a teacher's flat tire in the parking lot,"

~ Sully, Ben F.


AoK #27

"I helped set up for a benefit dinner, raising money to build elementary schools oversees."

~ Jeanie Y.


AoK #26

"I gave advice to friends who were being pressured into using drugs, telling them it was a bad idea."

~ Jeanie Y.


AoK #25

"I helped BuildOn members at their Benefit Dinner, even though I was a guest."

~ Surabhi


AoK #24

"My friend had to go to the guidance office and was going to be late, so I took her stuff to her next hour for her."

~ Surabhi


AoK #23

"I saw someone having trouble with getting her backpack out of her locker, so I stopped by and helped her."

~ Varun S.


AoK #22

"I volunteered for an organization that helped the elderly carry out various daily tasks."

~ Varun A.


AoK #21

"I volunteered at a local food bank, where I sorted food that would be sent to elementary schools to distribute to needy kids."

~ Jeanie Y.


AoK #20

"I helped the community by planting trees in a a nearby park."

~ Jeanie Y.


AoK #19

"I babysat my brother and his friend when his and my parents had to leave to take care of something important."

~ Varun A.


AoK #18

I shoveled snow for my neighbor during the winter, since his Dad had a broken leg and couldn't do it himself.

~ Varun A.


AoK #17

"I volunteered at the Cub Scout ice fishing event."

~ Trevor


AoK #16

I gave a friend a ride home after school for almost an entire week.

~ Sharang


AoK #15

"Every morning in my first hour I arrive there early and say good morning to my teacher."

~ Maria


AoK #14

"Every Monday after school I volunteer at the Troy Sports Center and help teach children how to ice skate."

~ Maria


AoK #13

"Whenever I finish all of my work in one of my classes I always ask the teacher what I could do to help, I often grade papers or worksheets."

~ Maria

AoK #12

"I volunteer at the Medical Office Building of Beaumont Royal Oak, where I help comfort and guide patients who require blood testing or X-rays."

~ Akshay


AoK #9, 10, 11

"We have donated the maximum amount of hair - 12 inches - to Locks of Loves four or five times."

~ Meha, Sowmya, Ananya


AoK #8

"I am asked to snow blow my neighbor's driveways very often as a service to help the elderly with their chores. I love helping people and this is just one way I can help the public."

~ Charlie


AoK #7

"My friend was feeling sad over a breakup and I spent my lunchtime consoling her."

~ Ananya


AoK #6

"Every week I attend practices for student-run performances. This small group of students play as a stringed instrument ensemble, which performs for the elderly at nursing homes. It's really worth seeing the smiling faces of our senior citizen audience! "

~ Brandon


AoK #5

Every year I personally write letters to troops. Along with care packages through our school, we send these small reassurances to the troops.

~ Meha


AoK #4

"Ever since middle school, I have participated in Ecology club and now I participate in Environmental Activists on a daily basis at Troy High School. When I was in middle school, my eight grade year we won the highest award for the green school competition."

~ Meha


AoK #3

"On a daily basis I look out for people that are in a hurry or are very kind to other people. I let people pass me in lines very often because I feel like they deserve a nice gesture from another person."

~ Charlie


AoK #2

"On one of the snow days I saw a car pulled over to the side of the road in my subdivision. I stopped by and checked that the driver was okay and had contacted her family for help."

~ Roshan


AoK #1

"My friend forgot to bring her lunch to school and I bought her one."

~ Ananya