The power of kindness and human connection can go a very long way. Leon Logothetis, creator and host of the series The Kindness Diaries, now streaming on Netflix, has traveled the world, experiencing and spreading kindness as he gives life-changing gifts to those he encounters along the way. On Thursday, October 24 at 6:30pm, Logothetis will lead a free talk at The Willow School in Gladstone about the importance of living a kind, connected life. Logothetis’ talk, open to the public, is part of the Common Ground Speaks speaker series.
Logothetis is known as a philanthropist, global traveler, motivational speaker, and author. In The Kindness Diaries season two, Logothetis travels from Alaska to Argentina in his yellow VW bug, relying solely on the kindness of strangers. The purpose of the series, Logothetis has said, is to demonstrate that “up close there is enough good, enough love, and enough pure kindness to make the world go round.” Logothetis continues the cycle of kindness by helping those he meets along his travels make a difference in their communities.
“We are thrilled to have Leon Legothetis join Common Grounds Speaks at The Willow School,” said Willow Assistant Head of School Meagan Coy. “Ethical decision making is a key component of Willow’s mission, and his message about kindness and paying it forward reinforces Willow’s Virtues Program.”
Willow’s Virtues Program has been a part of the independent preschool to grade 8 school since it was founded. According to Head of School Francisco Ayala, Willow founders envisioned “a school that was rooted in a strong virtues program, grounded in the Aristotelian cardinal virtues.”
Now, Willow’s Virtues Program is integrated into everything at the school, from academics to lunch and recess. The program teaches students how to be kind, responsible, and courageous and encourages students to explore, discuss, and practice critical virtues like compassion, respect, gratitude, and perseverance, to name a few.
“At Willow, one of the virtues we practice regularly and deliberately is compassion,” said Ayala. “Showing kindness and compassion is not just beneficial to the person being helped, but for the individual providing that help, as well as anyone who witnesses that act of kindness. Treating each other kindly benefits everyone in the community, and it’s contagious,” he adds. “Seeing others being treated with compassion inspires and motivates us to do the same.”
An environment that cares inspires students to care about their community. Willow students have helped spread kindness on- and off-campus, hosting Kindness Rocks workshops, leading food drives, and engaging in a number of service learning projects.
Willow looks forward to welcoming Logothetis on October 24 and listening to his take on the ripple effect of kindness. All are welcome to join us at 6:30pm for refreshments. The talk begins at 7:00pm. Please RSVP at commongroundspeaks-leonlogothetis.eventbrite.com.