• We challenge you and your organizations to write letters of gratitude to our troops.

    The kids at BMSA have continued the Kindness Campaign by synergizing to write 463 letters of gratitude to military service members in the month of March.  Now, we are extending the challenge to the community.  

    BMSA students practice Sean Covey's 7 Habits of Happy Kids at BMSA which are the same as the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.  Here is how students applied the 7 Habits apply to this challenge: 

    1. Be Proactive--You're in charge: Write the best that you know how to. Recognize when you need help.  When you are done, start on a second letter if there is time.
    2. Begin with the End in Mind--Have a plan: Have an idea of what you will write before you begin.  Make a goal of how many letters you will write.
    3. Put First Things First--Work first, then play: Keep at it until you are done.  Set time aside to make sure this gets done.
    4. Think Win-Win--Everyone can win: Write your letter the best you can so that it makes a difference to the person receiving it.  Notice the good feelings you have as you write for this other person you don't know.
    5. Seek First to Understand--Listen first, then talk: Imagine what it would be like to serve in the military.  Think about the sacrifices these heroes make for us.
    6. Synergize--Together is Better: Together, we are working together to make a big difference.
    7. Sharpen the Saw--Balance Feels Best: We create balance in our lives when we do things that make our heart happy.

    For guidelines on how to write the letters, go to https://www.operationgratitude.com/writeletters/.

    You may bring the letters to BMSA where we will mail them to Operation Gratitude and they will be included in care packages sent to troops.  Or, you may send the letters yourself.  See instructions for mailing them on their website.


    Please report how many letters you and/or your organization writes.

    Click here to report.

    This helps us collect data about how effective our challenges are in involving others.  We use the W.I.S.E. way to learn about the world around us.  This means we . . .

    • Wonder: What impact will our challenge have in inspiring others to join us?
    • Investigate: Collect data about how many letters we wrote and how many letters we inspired others to write. 
    • Share: We are learning from each other about how to inspire our families and community members.
    • Extend: We will take our knowledge from this challenge, and incorporate it in the next challenge.  (For example, while completing this challenge, we were inspired by the troop members' service, so in April, we are commiting to commit more acts of service.)