by Mayor Tammy

On Friday, April 8, you’re invited to join us for Do The Right Day! Last year the City of Meridian, with the help of many partners, launched Do The Right – one day to start a movement of compassion by encouraging residents to do something kind for the person to their right - neighbors, family members, coworkers, or classmates. With bullying and other negativity so prevalent in today’s culture, we began a mission to encourage people to put a smile on the face of someone else with a nice note, comment, gift, or act of service. The success of the inaugural event was amazing with an overwhelming response from the community. We distributed 7,500 #DoTheRight stickers and social media was packed with pictures from all over Meridian – even reaching other communities in the state and as far away as Texas!

The City was moved to do something to spur a movement of compassion and kindness after discussing bullying and teen suicide with our Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council. It is something that definitely affects teens in our community and adults as well. That’s why we wanted to make this an annual event for our city, because you never know how one act of kindness can change someone’s life. We live in a giving and compassionate community and we want to keep it that way. This world is full of criticism and negativity and it’s time to focus on the positive!

This year’s Do The Right Day will be even bigger! We have so many community members on board to ensure it is a success. The West Ada School District is getting schools involved. The District plans to distribute ‘post it’ notes, so students can write kind messages to one another. I will also read a proclamation at Mountain View High School, proclaiming April 8, Do The Right Day in Meridian.

Ben’s Bells, also known as ‘Be Kind Idaho’ will be spreading the word at the Village at Meridian. Kathy Chambers with State Farm has stepped in with a gracious donation to help us purchase special #DoTheRight stickers, Dutch Bros. will be handing out those stickers at locations across the community, and The Village at Meridian will have sidewalk chalk for kind messages and a surprise event just after 6pm for families.

It has been heartwarming to see so many jump on board again this year to make this day of compassion happen – it’s obvious our citizens are eager to make being kind, a priority.

I’m looking forward to participating in Do The Right and I am hopeful that all of you will join me! You can take part by doing an act of kindness for the person to your right – it may be a cup of coffee for your coworker, a nice note for your classmate or even offering a helping hand to your neighbor - just let them know they matter.

For more information about the event visit our website. Thanks for being a part of this movement and please share your experience on Friday, April 8, on social media with the hashtag #DoTheRight. Let this be the first day, and every day thereafter, of kindness to others!

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