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48 Kindness Tree Bulletin Board Ideas for a School Project

A Colorful Tree With Paper Hands With Acts Of Kindness Printed On Them. This Is Called A Kindness Tree And You Can See 48 Examples Of How They'Re Used In Schools.

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A kindness tree is a fun and effective friendship activity and whole school project!

A kindness tree bulletin board is a beautiful and creative way to encourage and acknowledge acts of kindness within a school. As a whole school kindness challenge, it's a heartwarming way to foster caring and supportive relationships amongst students and teachers as you get EVERYONE involved in the project (principal and parents too)! 

Watching your tree come to life as good deeds are added creates uplifting feelings to improve behavior, making it an effective way to reinforce positive character traits and reduce bullying.

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Be inspired by these amazing kindness trees from schools around the world!

As you'll see by the kindness trees below there are many variations, some big, some small, but each one beautiful and unique.

There are no rules when it comes to creating your bulletin board. Look at the kindness tree ideas below and encourage student involvement to come up with your own unique kindness bulletin board. 

For the tree itself, you can use paper, fabric, paint, crepe paper or real tree branches. Kindness leaves upon which good deeds are written can be made from paper or card. As well as leaves, you can also make some hearts and even trace around hands.

Trees from the United States

Kindness Tree From Goodnoe Elementary
Hand Shaped &Quot;Leaves&Quot; From The Kindness Tree At Goodnoe Elementary

"Kindness trees have bloomed at Goodnoe! Each hand represents our commitment to spread kindness throughout the school!"

- Michael Catalano‏, Goodnoe Elementary, Newtown, Pennsylvania, United States

From The Ripple Kindness Project Article Inspiring Kindness Trees Building Character In Schools This Kindness Tree Is From Wilson Elementary
From The Ripple Kindness Project Article Inspiring Kindness Trees Building Character In Schools This Kindness Tree Is From Wilson Elementary
From The Ripple Kindness Project Article Inspiring Kindness Trees Building Character In Schools This Kindness Tree Is From Wilson Elementary

This amazing kindness tree can be found as you enter the doors at Wilson Elementary. The staff and children are all contributing to it as it winds its way through the entryway.

From The Ripple Kindness Project Article Inspiring Kindness Trees Building Character In Schools This Kindness Tree Is From Wilson Elementary

They even have a nook where kids can snap a photo and change the text on the board to suit themselves... "my big dream is", "when I grow up".

- Wilson Elementary, Spokane, Washington, United States

Teacher Bobbing Down Next To A Kindness Tree Bulletin Board He Made From A Kit From Ripple Kindness Project

This lovely kindness tree display was made by a teacher using a kit he received from us. He printed many of the elements but opted for a 3D look as we suggest in our instructions and made his trunk from brown paper.

Students were delighted to come back to school and watch the tree come to life as they added their acts of kindness on heart shaped leaves. Thank you for sharing your wonderful creation, Bill from Ohio! 

A Kindness Tree Bulletin Board Made From A Kit From Ripple Kindness Project

Another gorgeous kindness tree constructed by a school support specialist using our printable resource. KaeLene printed and cut the elements and assembled them into this colorful display that is waiting for her K-5th grade students when they come back to school.

"I used this as a bulletin board outside my classroom. We are talking about being a kind school this year. This board is so cute and so powerful. I am thinking of doing it next year also!" - KaeLene

Kindness Tree At Mountain Valley School

"At Mountain Valley School, creating a positive culture and climate is at the forefront of our work. This year, staff members have been focusing on self-care while building positive relationships with each other as well as every student at our school. The adults in the building set the culture of a school, and I couldn’t be more proud of Mountain Valley staff. They are kind, caring, and compassionate while holding each other accountable for doing what is best for kids." 

- Mountain Valley School District, Saguache, Colorado, United States

Jfk Elementary Kindness Tree
Good Deeds Written On Hearts On Jfk Elementary Kindness Tree.

"The week of February 11th happened to be “Random Acts of Kindness Week” so I challenged the staff to a Kindness Challenge — I challenged them to complete some simple, kind acts that would make our students’ and colleagues’ days just a bit brighter! To go along with this kindness challenge, I was Inspired by Bethany Hill (see her tree below) and we added a school Kindness Tree to our main hallway and challenged our STUDENTS to brainstorm ways they can be kind friends & spread kindness." 

- Melissa Kartsimas, JFK Elementary, Schiller Park, Illinois, United States

Central Elementary Kindness Tree

"We have a tree that changes seasonally. All kids contribute to it. This one was for kindness. Staff and kids brag on others for acts of kindness." 

- Bethany Hill, Central Elementary, Cabot, Arkansas, United States

West Memorial Elementary Peabody

"Ms. Jaracz made a kindness tree and kindness leaves and surrounded it with our caught being kind certificates. Lots of great ideas for being kind at West." 

- West Memorial Elementary School, Peabody, MA, United States

Donges Bay Elementary Kindness Tree
Donges Bay Elementary Leaf2
Donges Bay Elementary Leaf

"It might be fall outside, but the weather is perfect indoors for our kindness tree to sprout some new leaves." 

- Chris Gray, Principal, Donges Bay Elementary School, Mequon, WI, United States

John Ward Elementary Houston

Barbara Gruener saw kindness is in full bloom when she visited a National School of Character in Houston, Texas. Hearts are added to this beautiful display every time someone catches a kind act making their school a better place.

Kindness Crayons John Ward Elementary Houston

Barbara also spied this kindness crayons display and couldn't resist snapping a pic!

- John Ward Elementary, Houston, Texas, United States

Upper Thames Elementary
Our Kindness Tree @UTEschool is coming along great. Each heart represents an act of kindness shown at our school last week.”

- Laura Terpstra, Upper Thames Elementary School, Mitchell, ON, United States

Kindness Tree At Gowanda Elementary

Celebrating Random Acts of Kindness Week from Feb. 12-16, 2018 this massive tree bloomed from students sharing kindness throughout the school. “So many are stuck in their math and English scores, we aim to help students get high character,”

- Dr. Robert Anderson, Gowanda Elementary School, New York, United States

Kindness Tree At Chadds Ford Elementary School
Kindness Observed Written On A Heart On The Chadds Ford Elementary Kindness Tree.
Heart With Kind Comment On Chadds Ford Elementary Kindness Tree

Submitted by Lisa Ray Barrickman

"My son’s basketball games are at a school that just completed a kindness challenge. It has been awesome to see their kindness tree grow each week with all the goodness the students have witnessed.

Kindness Chain At Chadds Ford Elementary School

And today this incredible paper chain was hanging in the lobby!! The kids wrote their acts of kindness on links during the initiative. So cool to see the beauty they created together." 

- Chadds Ford Elementary School, Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, United States

Rosendale Ravens Elementary

"In recognition of World Kindness Day, our Ravens proudly shared their acts of kindness by adding leaves to our Kindness Tree!"

- Rosendale Ravens Elementary School, Niskayuna, NY, United States  

Hopewell Hawks

"In recognition of World Kindness Day, our Ravens proudly shared their acts of kindness by adding leaves to our Kindness Tree!"

- Hopewell Elementary School, Niskayuna, NY, United States  

Montour High School Ark Club
Montour High School Ark Club Signs

"Teaching kindness and empathy in our schools is essential... Now more than ever."

- Montour High School, McKees Rocks, PA, United States  

Birchwood Intermediate

"To celebrate #AmericanEducationWeek, students at Birchwood Intermediate listened to #TomorrowIllBeKind by @jessicahische. After, students wrote down ways they can show generosity towards others!"

- Meghan Kaminski, Birchwood Intermediate, Melville, NY, United States  

Kindness Tree At Mesabi East School
Kindness Tree
Kindness Tree Heart
Kindness Tree Heart 2

Barbara Hinsz shared that "staff and students "planted" a kindness tree where everyone is invited to share the good deeds they have done or the good things that others have done for them. Every day more hearts show up around the tree and everyday everyone gets to see how kindness makes a difference."

- Mesabi East School, Aurora, Minnesota, United States  

White Oaks Elementary Kindness Tree

"Students August and Jonas along with third-grade teacher Taylor Wherrel show how much the school’s kindness tree is growing."

- White Oaks Elementary School, Burke, Virginia, United States

Irving Elementary Bloomington Il

Kindness tree display submitted by Maureen. 

- Irving Elementary, Bloomington, Illinois, United States

Central Elementary School

"The students and staff have been challenged to show kindness in every way possible. Whether in the classroom, hallway, cafeteria or on the playground, kindness is always appreciated. Students are recognized for displaying acts of kindness and are given a leaf to add to their Kindness Tree."

- Central Elementary School, Van Buren, Arkansas, United States

The Ripple Kindness Project School Curriculum Book With A Kindness Card And Resources With Copy Explaining What It Is.
Mount Holly Township Public School Tree

- Mount Holly Township Public Schools, Mount Holly, New Jersey, United States

Kindness Tree At Alta Vista Elementary School

A kindness tree in the cafeteria is part of the Kindness Starts with Me program. Students fill out smile cards, color-coded by class, to acknowledge each other for the kind things they've done which are then attached to the kindness tree.

- Alta Vista Elementary School, Sarasota, Florida, United States

Christ The King

A "crazy" Kindness Tree created by an art teacher. It even features bugs and Disney characters!

- Christ the King Catholic School, Omaha, Nebraska, United States

Kindness Tree At Evergreen School

Character development is an important part of the school climate. Students receive “kindness leaves” to place on their Kindness Tree for acts of service, compassion, and cooperation.

- Evergreen Country Day School, Evergreen, Colorado, United States

Wilshire Park Elementary School

"All the kids had the opportunity to fill in a paper heart of a way they are going to be kind this year, and we put them all on the kindness tree!"

- Wilshire Park Elementary School, St. Anthony, MN, United States

Yonkers School

"YECA and CHA Pre-k, Kindergarten and 1st grade students reflected on steps and actions we can take to show kindness every day!"

- Yonkers Public Schools, Yonkers, NY, United States

Greenbriers School Of Kindness Tree2

The main hallway is painted with a huge Tree of Kindness that is adorned with leaves given and received by students and staff.  Names are added to leaves, which are then placed on the trees to acknowledge those who have shown kindness towards others. Signs located throughout the school ask questions like: Did You Take Time to Be Kind Today? How Do You Take Time to Be Kind? and Taking Time to Be Kind Feels Good!

- Greenbrier Elementary School, Greenville, South Carolina, United States

Pasodale Tree Story

During Valentine’s week, students celebrated "Random Acts of Kindness Week. Each day students dressed up and participated in kindness activities. Messages on how to express kindness were read during the morning announcements, students filled out "compliment hearts" which were placed under the "Tree of Kindness" and students were encouraged to use kind words and make a new friend.

- Pasodale Elementary, El Paso, Texas, United States

Dobys Mill Elementary

To celebrate Random Acts of Kindness week, students were encouraged to "pay it forward" and document acts of kindness on a tree. “We try to get the children to understand that doing something kind for others, you don’t necessarily need a reward or expect an award back from it. When you do something nice, it’s like a trickle effect. When someone does something nice for you, they want to do something nice for someone else. I always tell them kindness is free, you don’t have to have money to give it to someone.”

- Christa Jeter, Doby's Mill Elementary, Lugoff, South Carolina, United States

Clark Fork School Missoula Montana

When students are caught in an act of kindness, they are presented with a Kindness Heart to pin on their Kindness Tree.

- Clark Fork School, Missoula, Montana, United States

Martin J. Gottlieb Day School
Martin J

"I saw Isaac give his chair to Ariel in music. We did community of kindness leaves. These leaves we will put on are community of kindness tree. It will be fun. We write something nice about someone on a leaf. Everyone is nice in our class. Everyone is complimenting someone in our class." - Moe

- Martin J. Gottlieb Day School, Jacksonville, Florida, United States

Kindness Tree At Virtual School House

Fourth graders added a colorful rainbow and flowers around their kindness tree to enhance their hallway.

- Virtual School HouseCleveland, Ohio, United States

Kindness Tree At Upper Greenwood Lake Elementary

Students created a kindness tree in their gym. They feel it is an important part of their school because it reinforces their Code of Conduct by being kind.

- Upper Greenwood Lake School, West Milford, New Jersey, United States

Memorial Spaulding

This Kindness Tree is a staple fixture in the entryway at the school. Students can both give and receive kindness leaves that acknowledge a helpful or inclusive act. Leaves are then displayed on the tree. Fifth-grade student council members said the kindness tree had been ongoing part of their school community since they were in Kindergarten.

- Memorial Spaulding Elementary School, Newton Centre, Massachusetts, United States

Students Sitting In Front Of Their Kindness Tree At James H Vernon School.
Kindness Tree At James H Vernon School

"Vernon’s Kindness Tree is a new addition to a wall in the cafeteria. It was painted this winter by Ms. Crowley and Ms. Rogus to help spread kindness throughout the school community." 

“I’m bursting with pride over the kind hearts of the students and how they have taken the initiative to help others.”, said Ms. Rogus about her students. “I’m so happy that Vernon’s Kindness Tree is inspiring students to spread good in the world.”  

- James H. Vernon School, East Norwich, New York, United States

Wandering Educators Kindness Tree
Wandering Educators Kindness Tree Note
Wandering Educators Kindness Tree Closeup

"At our most recent Unschoolers Waterpark Gathering (UWG), we had a Kindness Tree. It was a joy to see this tree leaf out and fill with love throughout the week.

The tree was made from pipes and duct tape and clothespins.

Over 100 leaves of wisdom were written for our kindness tree."

- Dr. Jessie Voigts, Wandering Educators

Trees from Australia

Kindness Tree At Hambledon State School

"This a photo of my 1B student's Kindness Tree. They receive a leaf after they have done something kind. We are enjoying learning about kindness this year and have been doing daily individual, weekly whole class and big end of term acts of kindness. Some of our end of term acts of kindness include Easter colouring books for the pediatric ward at the Cairns Base Hospital, gratitude cards for the ANZAC veterans attached to our local RSL and 'Worth it' boxes for all the teachers in our school (40 teachers).

We can't wait to see how big our tree will be at the end of the year!"

- Felice, Hambledon State School, Edmonton, Queensland, Australia

Kindness Tree At Loreto Normanhurst School

The kindness tree was placed in the school foyer during mental health week. Students were invited to extend a ‘helping hand’ to those in the school community who would appreciate a small act of kindness.

- Loreto Normanhurst, Normanhurst, New South Wales, Australia

Heidelberg Primary School Kindness Tree

"To coincide with World Kindness Day (November 13) HPS has an annual Wellbeing Week. During this week students are involved in a variety of activities which promote many areas of health and well-being, including Mental, Social, Physical and Emotional aspects of their well-being.

Some activities that students Prep – Grade 6 have participated in include; making a ‘Worry Box’ so that students can write their worries on pieces of paper and place them in the box for safe keeping (in essence ‘letting go’ of their worries and not having to carry them around) and the construction of a Kindness Tree. On World Kindness Day, every student in the school participated in the Kindness Leaf Activity. This required the students to write or draw what kindness meant to them on a paper leaf to be joined together to make a Kindness Tree."

- Heidelberg Primary School, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia

Fig Pocket State School Kindness Tree

The Kindness Tree reminds us to be kind to ourselves and to others.

- Fig Pocket State School, Fig Tree Pocket, Queensland, Australia

Social And Emotional Learning Resources From Ripple Kindness Project Tpt Store

Trees from the United Kingdom

Hopewell Hawks

"Oak Lodge School students and staff are united against bullying. Our kindness tree was a great introduction to a week of focused workshops."

- Oak Lodge School, Balham, London, United Kingdom  

Trees from Canada

Kindness Tree At Gateway Public School
Kindness Tree At Gateway Public School

I am a K-3 Visual Arts teacher at an elementary school of almost 1000 students. As I was planning for the new school year and looking for collaborative projects, I came across your website and was inspired by the posts about Kindness Trees. During our first week of school, my students illustrated personal acts of kindness, which were added to our tree as a visual reminder of how we should treat each other in the year ahead.

Children's Picture Book, A World Of Kindness

We also read the book ‘A World of Kindness’ which gives specific examples of how children can be kind in small ways every day.

Thanks again for the inspiration!

- Gateway Public School, Toronto, Canada

Carson Elementary Angelina Gauthier

This school year our staff and students were feeling a bit disengaged with the new Covid-19 Health and Safety regulations. We are a school that participates in many whole-school activities, family groupings, monthly assemblies, multi-grade events, buddy classes, and school jobs. These create a sense of strong community and have been put aside because we cannot meet as a large group.

Carson Elementary Hand1
Carson Elementary Hand2

When browsing the internet for bulletin board ideas, I came across the Kindness Tree. This idea is not my original idea, but as with all great ideas, they are worth copying and sharing!

Just prior to World Kindness Day, I created a Kindness tree in the front entrance of the school. On World Kindness Day, November 13th, students, and staff were encouraged to colour and write kind quotes, phrases, or words on a handprint and place them on the tree.

It is very heart-warming to see students stop and take a look at the handprints, point out their own, and acknowledge another handprint that they like.

Students walk past the tree daily, so this was a way for us to collaborate as a school on creating positive messages and continue to promote a culture of kindness.  

- Submitted by Carson Elementary School - Quesnel, BC Canada

Mecatina-School-Kindness-Tree

Each secondary student picked a name from their peers and wrote one nice thing about him or her on the pink and red hearts. Primary students did the same about their peers. The white hearts show a goal for each student, whether short or long term. Both secondary and primary students did this activity.

The students were very interested to see what others wrote about them.

- Mecatina School, Quebec, Canada

Kindness Tree At Wj Watson School

Students performed 2052 acts of kindness in 21 days.

- W.J. Watson Public School, Keswick, Canada

Carleton Heights Public School

Staff and students give each other a 'character heart' for acts of kindness which are then attached to their kindness tree.

- Carleton Heights Public School, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Thompson Elementary School Canada

This Kindness Tree in the front school foyer was created to showcase good deeds during Random Acts of Kindness Week.

Some examples of the kindness shown throughout the week, and pretty regularly each school day include:

• Helping a little guy with his broken zipper EACH day.
• Sharing a cup-cookie (a hybrid between a cookie and a cupcake) just because.
• The parent volunteer who used to be a champion table tennis player, and who now comes teach this game to some of our kids twice per week.
• Holding hands with your friend outside, and attaching your pocket hooks together.
• Sharing your snack with your friends.
• Bringing in your buddy when she has a scraped knee.
• Helping someone tie their shoe.
• Bringing in some special heart shaped donuts from Tim Hortons for a deserving staff.

- Thompson Elementary School, Richmond, British Columbia, Canada

Trees from Thailand

Kindness Tree At Phuket Academy

Students value compassion and service. Their aim is to cultivate genuine happiness and commit to treating others and the planet with respect, kindness and consideration, helping even in the smallest of ways. The Kindness Tree in the school's entrance symbolises service, compassion and kindness. 

- Phuket International Academy, Phuket, Thailand

Trees from Ireland

Aughacasla National School Kindness Tree

‘Acts of Kindness make me grow.’

"Despite the very cold weather around at the moment our kindness tree is blooming. This is because our tree grows ever so slightly every time someone does something kind here in Aughacasla National School. It is great to see everyone getting on so well with each other. The way the children are in Aughacasla the tree will be in full blossom in no time."

- Aughacasla National School, Ireland

Ardscoil Mhuire

"Visit the Kindness Tree, which has been updated with suggested coping skills to use during tough times! Thanks to our Mental Health Committee!"

- Ardscoil Mhuire, Limerick, Ireland

Kindness Trees are a beautiful way of nurturing a caring culture within schools and is something we encourage as part of our whole school kindness curriculum.

If your school has a Kindness Tree, we'd be thrilled to add it to this post or perhaps include it in our school newsletter. Please submit your photo HERE.

Last updated on November, 2020

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AUTHOR: Lisa Currie - Ripple Kindness Project
Lisa is passionate about contributing to a happier world by building emotional intelligence in kids through fun and engaging social-emotional learning resources. Her core value is kindness as she believes it to be the “mother” of all character traits. She started Ripple Kindness Project to spread kindness in schools and communities. She is also the founder and director of an outreach program that supports disadvantaged families.  

3 Comments

  1. All images are looking very nice. Very well activity done by students. It is very inspiring example for us.

  2. This sounds like an excellent way to change the whole ethos of a school. Thank you for all your wonderful ideas and pictures on the website.

    1. RippleKindness says:

      Don’t you just love how they brighten up the space as well. Such a positive thing for any school.

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