What is #RAK@S at Saddleback College?

A Random Acts of Kindness at Saddleback, #RAKaS was done by bringing homemade sugar cookies shaped as turkeys to the Veterans Center.  (Photographer/Hannah Tavares).

A Random Acts of Kindness at Saddleback, #RAKaS was done by bringing homemade sugar cookies shaped as turkeys to the Veterans Center. (Photographer/Hannah Tavares).

Did you ever wish someone would give up their parking space for you?  Perhaps, amidst heavy traffic, did you wish someone would let you lane-change without an attitude?

Let’s make it even more personal. Do you return your grocery baskets at the grocery store?  Have you taken the time to text, email, or contact a loved one and tell them that you are just thinking of them and that you love them?  Is there an elderly relative or friend you need to visit?  As the on-going Nike commercial says, “Just do it.”

Instructor Rebecca Knapp's Social Media class exemplifies "Believe The Good" (photograph/Rebecca Knapp).

Instructor Rebecca Knapp’s Social Media class exemplifies “Believe The Good” (photograph/ Rebecca Knapp).

Better yet, participate in Saddleback College’s #RAK@S, or spelled out, “Random Acts of Kindness @ Saddleback.”  Its logo says, “Believe there is good in the world,” or utilizing the first few words, one also derives the phrase, “Be the good.”

As stated on its website, Random Acts of Kindness at Saddleback, or #RAK@S is a “wildly interactive, academically-focused, and a little bit heart-warming scavenger hunt designed by instructor Rebecca Knapp for Social Media Marketing and Social Entrepreneurship students here a Saddleback College.”

“The hunt’s goal is to integrate emerging social media and technology tools with real-life experiences, while also making the world a better place at a time when many are questioning if good is still in the world,” Knapp said.

According to the website, the idea was inspired by the following:

1. GISHWHES, the five-time Guinness World Record breaking scavenger hunt hosted by Misha Collins of Supernatural.

2.  The teaching style and creativity of former educator Randy Pausch, author of The Last Lecture.

3.  The Summer 2014 Social Media Marketing students at Saddleback College.

The Saddleback community can follow this creative and innovative, heart-warming idea through #RAK@S’s numerous sites:  YouTube Channel. Facebook page, Twitter, and Instagram.

To learn more about #RAK@S, click here.

To reach their Facebook page, click here.

“It is our grassroots effort of spreading joy, fun, and kindness at Saddleback College,” Knapp said. “It is also a powerful way to show the influence that the “#” generates.”

The Lariat staff was the recipient of #RAK@S recently when one of Knapp’s students presented Lariat staff members with her presentation and flowers.  It is nice to be pleasantly surprised by a random act of kindness, anytime, anywhere.

So “Be The Good,” to someone today.  Pay it forward. And what better time to act on such an adventure then during the forthcoming holiday season. Kindness never goes out of style.