#ChooseKind with Wonder and the City of Arlington
The City of Arlington announced its participation in the #ChooseKind City initiative—a campaign in partnership with City of Kindness, Lionsgate and Participant Media that invited people in cities across the country to participate in kind acts leading up to World Kindness Day on Monday, November 13. As part of the initiative, the City of Arlington will hold a series of events over the next week aimed at promoting kindness.
Based on The New York Times best-selling novel of the same name, Wonder tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August “Auggie” Pullman—a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time. The film stars Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson as the parents of a young boy, portrayed by Jacob Tremblay. Wonder is set for release November 17 from Lionsgate, in association with Participant Media and Walden Media.
Arlington is joining City of Kindness, Lionsgate and Participant Media, in addition to the other U.S. cities, to deliver Auggie’s message of kindness to local community members.
“I’ve always known that the people of Arlington are among the kindest in this country, so deciding to step up as a #ChooseKind city made sense,” Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams said. “We have been thrilled to see so many schools, businesses and community groups decide to participate this month by holding their own #ChooseKind events. What’s more exciting is to see residents of all ages find the smallest ways to lead kinder lives every day and make Arlington an even better place to live, learn, work and play.”
The City of Arlington, which launched a Kindness Initiative earlier this year, is participating in several #ChooseKind observances. #ChooseKind at the Arlington Public Library by checking out a copy of Wonder to read. While supplies last, library branches have special #ChooseKind kits available for anyone who checks out a copy. These kits are full of fun, easy ways to work acts of kindness into your life. Get yours at your favorite branch.
Also as part of the Kindness Initiative, the City of Arlington is spotlighting acts of kindness happening throughout our community. Mayor Williams has challenged residents to report acts of kindness through the City’s free Ask Arlington mobile app, on the Acts of Kindness website, or by posting using #ArlingtonKindness and @CityofArlington over the next year.
Residents can also log their #ChooseKind acts of kindness in the official Kindness Counter at www.cityofkindness.org. Developed by City of Kindness, the online Kindness Counter aggregates kindness acts performed nationwide. Participating #ChooseKind cities were encouraged to log acts of kindness using the #ChooseKind hashtag. For more information, visit http://www.cityofkindness.org/choosekind.