Archive for May, 2014

Onaway School

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014


Today I visited Onaway School in Shaker Heights, Ohio.
This school is one incredibly, special learning environment. The students, educators and staff are doing everything right at this baccalaureate school.
One million thanks to everyone!!
Bob Votruba and Bogart too.

Saint Columbkille School

Monday, May 19th, 2014


Today’s visit to this school in Parma, Ohio was picture perfect.
The weather cooperated, allowing 441 students to come out to the Blue Bird of Kindness and learn of our mission. One grade level at a time visited for 30 minute programs. These students asked great questions and were very interested in every detail of our travels.
Thank you to everyone at this great school. A special thank you to Jennifer Bisesi for arranging the visit.

John Carroll University

Sunday, May 18th, 2014


Another graduate in the house!!
Congratulations to my son Peter, graduating from this prestigious institution of learning.
Way to go son! Your dad is very proud.

Gates Mills Elementary School

Thursday, May 15th, 2014


One of the many reasons I love coming to northeast Ohio is to visit a very special Gates Mills Elementary School.
Counselor, Marc Kaminicki and I talked last fall to discuss this school adopting our kindness goal initiative for the school year. We agreed at that time to visit the school this spring, today was the day.
The students in this K – 5 school made a big effort to be kind all year and it shows. These very well behaved students were excited to tell me of their “year of kindness” and to learn of my travels.
It was a very special day. Thank you to everyone.
Kindness always,
Bob Votruba and Bogart too!!

Troop 133

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014


Twenty-two Girl Scouts from Troop 133 in Lakewood, Ohio have taken the One Million Acts of Kindness pledge. They recently received their patches.
I was honored to be invited to their meeting to meet most of their Troop and discuss having a lifetime goal of kindness in their lives. It was a most memorable night.
Thank you to Troop Leader Mona Atfield and Troop volunteers, Mary Jane Miller and Marianne Quasebarth.

The Patches are a Perfect Adornment

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014


The One Million Acts of Kindness patches are showing up on Girl Scout sashes and vests across the United States.
By taking a pledge of having kindness as a lifetime goal, a Girl Scout can earn a patch.
There are 3.2 million Girl Scouts in the United States – 2.3 million girls and approximately 900,000 adults who work   as volunteers. Our program is open to all of them, free of charge.

EXTRAordinary Peep of the Week

Sunday, May 11th, 2014


Thank you to the Bullying awareness organization Free2Luv, for the great coverage of One Million Acts of Kindness. An article on their website is below.
Meet this week’s EXTRAordinary Peep of the Week, Bob, a builder from Cleveland, Ohio, who traded in his entire lifestyle, selling his house and his car to live in a 1990 school bus he has dubbed, “The Kindness Bus.” He began traveling around the country to spread his message of One Million Acts of Kindness. “I drive the bus to a town and then ride my bike (‘The Kindness Bicycle’) around the town,” Bob explains. He stops at schools, churches, community centers, city halls and newspaper offices and shares his story. He asks that people make a commitment by honor these four simple statements: I will comfort those hurting; I will help those being hurt; I will help you realize your importance in the world, and; you are needed and you are loved!! Bob, we think you’re EXTRAordinary!