VT students 'pay it forward' to stop bullying
Monday morning 500 students in an introductory to psychology class at Virginia Tech will receive PayDay candy bars in wrappers that read, "Pay It Forward."
And instead of the routine lecture of the day, professor E. Scott Geller will urge the students to perform "intentional acts of kindness" -- and hand over their candy bar to a stranger, who hopefully will do the same.
Doing this, Geller says, could create a more caring culture. And it could stop bullying.
The candy bar experiment is part of a program called "Actively Caring for People," which Geller and a group of students started in the fall of 2008 in an effort to change the culture of Virginia Tech's campus and the surrounding community. Since then, several elementary and middle schools, plus a number of colleges, have adopted the program. For this week's experiment, students can record their acts of kindness on the Web site.
When class ends at 12:05, the 500 students will leave with their candy bars. Tomorrow, another section of 500 students will do the same. That means more than 1,000 potential acts of kindness.
But, remember, you don't need a candy bar to commit your own intentional acts of kindness. How will you pay it forward today?
| October 25, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
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