Character Education: Students Develop "The Kindness Company" to Benefit Local Charities
Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences Volume 96, Number 1, ISSN 1082-1651
One can develop a family and consumer sciences (FCS) course that teaches character education, and allows students to experience the good feelings that come from helping others through The Kindness Company. The Kindness Company is a simulated company that produces items for donation to local charitable organizations. Students get management experience by working in two divisions of the company (product development and production) and six departments (human resources, planning, design, finance/public relations, engineering, and materials management). They take pride in the products they produce to help others, and they experience success by dealing with promotions within the company (supervisors, department heads, vice-presidents), choosing an employee of the month, winning a Students Service Challenge Award from the President of the U.S., and being named most outstanding employee by the company president (the teacher). The company has donated projects to more than 35 community organizations, giving positive exposure to the students and the school.
Blanton, D. (2004). Character Education: Students Develop "The Kindness Company" to Benefit Local Charities. Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, 96(1), 31-32.