Building an inclusive, supportive and kind community is the intent behind “Choose Kindness Pleasant Grove,” an initiative put together by a partnership with the Fredette Family Foundation, Pleasant Grove city and doTERRA.
Similar to “Provo Kindness,” which was started by Jimmer Fredette in 2013, kindness will be promoted in Pleasant Grove and it will begin in the schools. “That’s where the change is going to be, with the kids,” said Debbie Hong, a Pleasant Grove resident helping organize the clubs. “The theory is that they will take it into their homes.”
The Kindness Clubs, which are now being organized in 10 participating schools in the city, will meet monthly and plan activities to promote empathy, gratitude, inclusiveness and kindness. Any student who wants to participate in the clubs is welcome. They will have monthly lessons and will plan monthly challenges for the student body, Hong said.
According to Blair Giles, president of the Fredette Family Foundation, “Choose Kindness Pleasant Grove” is a citywide initiative to put together city councilmembers, the mayor, businesses and the PTA to help plan ways to spread kindness.
“The whole issue is to create a culture of kindness. We want everyone to feel included and accepted,” he said.
Giles said the mission of the Fredette Family Foundation, started by Jimmer Fredette, is to strengthen families and youth.
“We believe that strong families are the most important unit on earth because strong families create strong schools, communities, and societies. We also believe that the most important and productive way to strengthen families is to produce individuals with strong moral character,” reads the mission statement on the foundation’s website, jimmerosity.org.
Part of the initiative was unveiled in September, when it was announced that Discovery Park would be revitalized this year by volunteers. The improved park will be similar to Orem’s All-Together Playground, which was designed for children of all abilities.
In September, a preliminary map of the new playground was unveiled to a group of residents at the Pleasant Grove Library. Jim Houghton, designer, looked at drawings that local children made of how they perceived the park should be. He used those to design the map.
Discovery Park, 1435 N. 100 East, was originally constructed in 1996 in less than two weeks by over 6,000 members of the community who volunteered their time. The process for the rebuilding of the park will be similar. Students from the Kindness Clubs will also participate in the new project.