Our next Decide to Be Kind Community Meeting is Monday, October 21, 2019 at 7:00pm at 31 Arbor Way.
Kindness Trail Clean-up Day
Join us on June 22nd to help clean up the Batz Trail.
Email us if you can help!
Farmers’ Market - May 11, 2019
Visit our booth at the Opening day of the Ellington Farmers’ Market at Arbor Park from 9am to noon and pick up your free “Join the Moovement” sign. You can also pledge on our “Pledge to Be Kind” banner how you will Decide to Be Kind.
NEW!!! We have a box called our Kindness Treasure Box hidden on the Batz Trail at 97 Shenipsit St. See the clues/instructions on the Kindness Treasure Box Challenge page.
The next meeting of the Decide to Be Kind Community Committee is Wednesday, April 24th at 7 pm at Ellington Youth Services. Please email Debbie Stauffer at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in attending.
When: Sunday, May 19th
Time: 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Where: Pinney Street Fields
Register: At Ellington Youth Services, 31 Arbor way or on Activenet. For more information visit the Youth Services website at youth.ellington-ct.gov.
For ages 5-14
Children with special needs and their parents are invited to spend an afternoon creating art. Come meet new friends and learn new skills through a variety of Art Media stations. Refreshments will be provided.
WHEN: Sunday, March 10, 2019
TIME: 2:00pm to 3:30PM
Visit youth.ellington-ct.gov for more info on registration
FOR AGES 5-14
Children with special needs and their parents are invited to spend an afternoon learning Karate in an environment that is safe and fun. Come meet new friends and learn new skills. This clinic will be held at and hosted by American Karate.
WHEN: Sunday, February 24, 2019
TIME: 2:00pm to 3:30pm
WHERE: American Karate, 175 West Road, Ellington
Visit youth.ellington-ct.gov for more info on registration
Spirit Dance & Tumbling
Sunday, November 18th 2-3:30 pm
Children with special needs and their parents are invited to spend an afternoon learning jazz, hip hop, and basic tumbling skills. Come have refreshments and make new friends. Area dance and tumbling instructors will be on staff for this fun afternoon.
Non-residents are welcome!
The next meeting of the Decide to be kind community committee will be Wednesday, October 17th at 7:30 pm at Ellington Youth services at 31 arbor way. for information contact youth services at 860-870-3130 or email email@example.com.
Free Lacrosse Clinic for Children with Special Needs ages 5-14
Sunday, May 6th from 2 pm to 3:30 pm at Pinney Street Fields in Ellington
Children with special needs and their parents are invited to spend an afternoon playing fun lacrosse activities, learn skills, have snacks and make new friends.
Each child will receive a T-shirt.
Pre-register at https://apm.activecommunities.com/ellingtonrec/Home
Code: SPIRIT.LAX18 or in person at Youth Services at 31 Arbor Way.
Peyton Heart Project-Round Two
Friday, April 27th from 6:30 pm to 8 pm at Youth Services, 31 Arbor Way
FREE! Join us as we make small hearts from felt and yarn. Each heart will have a tag with a message of hope attached to it. The hearts will be placed around the community and on a tree at Arbor Park.
Visit www.thepeytonheartproject.org to learn more. Refreshments will be served. To register, email Debbie Stauffer at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Youth Services at 860-870-3130.
Kindness Clean-up Day at Brookside Park
Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 10 am to 2 pm
Join the Decide to be Kind Committee on Saturday, March 24th to pick up litter around Brookside Park on Route 140 as we get ready for the spring sports season. Two-hour shifts are suggested, however, if anyone would like to volunteer the entire four hours that is great! We will supply the garbage bags, gloves, waters and snacks.
Please let us know if you can help. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Email email@example.com or call Ellington Youth Services at 860-870-3130 to volunteer.
Angst Movie: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety
Monday, April 23rd at The Ellington Senior Center
6 pm to 8 pm
We are all affected by anxiety. Please join us to start the conversation on what we can do to control anxiety in our children and ourselves.
This is a free event!
Ellington Youth Services, American Karate
and Decide to Be Kind proudly sponsors:
SUNDAY, MARCH 4, 2018 2:00 PM TO 3:15 PM
Children with special needs and their parents are invited to spend an afternoon learning karate in an environment that is safe and fun. There is no charge. Every participant receives a free t-shirt. Snacks are included. This will be held at American Karate at 175 West Road in Ellington.
Visit youth.ellington-ct.gov. Register on Activenet.
Ellington Youth Services and Decide to Be Kind proudly sponsors:
To become a sponsor, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Children with special needs and their parents are invited to spend an afternoon learning to dance ballet, jazz, and hip hop by area dance instructors. Non-residents are welcome. There will be special guests and a t-shirt provided for each participant.
Refreshments will be included.
Admission is free!
To register visit Activenet and use the code: SPIRIT.DANCE
The next Community Meeting is Monday, October 23, 2017 at 7:15 pm at Ellington Youth Services at 31 Arbor Way. Contact Deb Stauffer for details at email@example.com.
Join us and create a wind chime that can be hung on a tree for others to enjoy or keep. Pass on the sounds of kindness! The Wind Chime workshop will take place on May 16th from 6-7 pm or June 2nd from 5-6:30 pm at Ellington Youth Services at 31 Arbor Way. To register, please visit Youth Services or go on Activenet. The cost is $10 per session.
Free Lacrosse Clinic
for Children with
Children with special needs and their parents are invited to spend an afternoon playing fun lacrosse activities, learn skills, have snacks and make new friends. Area high school and college level coaches will be on staff.
Each child will receive a T-shirt!
Sunday, May 7th
1:30 to 3:30 pm
Pinney Street Fields, Ellington, CT
Questions? email firstname.lastname@example.org
Pre-register on Activenet.Code: SPIRIT.LAX
Next Community Meeting: March 15, 2017 at Ellington Youth Services at 7:30 pm
Community Meeting- Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 7:30 pm, Ellington Yough Services
Join us for our next meeting to plan events for the year. Many ideas are on the table.
Community Meeting - September 21, 2016 at 7:30 pm, Ellington Youth Services
Join us for our first fall community meeting to discuss ways to come together to encourage kindness in our community.
2015/2016 - Previous Events
Show your creativity. Enter our Decide to Be Kind poster contest showing acts of kindness or ways to be kind. Here are the rules and directions
Enter in your appropriate grade category: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Please mark clearly your name and grade on the back of your drawing and supply a parent’s email address and phone number with drawing.
Use your choice of crayons, colored pencils or markers.
Use standard 12”X 18” poster size paper. Paper is available at Youth Services at 31 Arbor Way.
Show an act of kindness or present ways to be kind through pictures and words. Be creative!
Send or drop off posters to Ellington Youth Services at 31 Arbor Way. Deadline is 4 pm on April 20, 2016.
One winner in each category will be chosen at the end of April.
Winners will be announced and exhibited at our Decide To Be Kind booth at the Ellington Farmer’s Market on Saturday, May 7th. All participants are invited to have their photo taken with the Kindness Cow! A real cow!
Each winner will receive a gift card.
Questions? Contact Youth Services at email@example.com or call 860-870-3130.
Kindness Clean-Up Day
Be kind to our environment! Join us on Saturday, April 23rd to celebrate Earth Day (April 22nd) and clean up our community. We will meet at Brookside Park Pavilion at 10 am and teams will either pick up litter at Brookside or drive to an elderly resident's house to pick up sticks and do light raking. We will meet back at noon at the Pavilion for lunch provided by local businesses. Glove and bags will be provided. Bring a rake if you have one. A volunteer with a truck to transport sticks to brush dump is needed. Contact Youth Services at 860-870-3130 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer.
Celebrate Kindness and Cultural Diversity in Ellington the weekend of May 6-7th
Kindness Kick Off
SATURDAY, MAY 7TH WE WILL KICK OFF THE SPRING "JOIN THE MOO-VEMENT" CAMPAIGN AT THE ELLINGTON FARMERs' MARKET
arbor park from 9 am to noon.
COME VISIT US AND SEE WHAT WE ARE UP TO:
POSTER CONTEST WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED
A COW CRAFT FOR KIDS
GET A "JOIN THE MOO-VEMENT" SIGN WHILE THEY LAST.
HAVE YOUR PHOTO TAKEN WITH OUR KINDNESS COW! A REAL COW!
Around the World in One Knight
Also ON Saturday, May 7th The Ellington Youth Services' High School Cultural Club hosts
"Around the World in One Knight."
Ellington High School Cafeteria
from 5 pm to 8 pm
This FREE event will include:
The Ellington High School Steel Drum Band
Irish Step Dancing
Crafts for children
Martial Arts Demonstrations by American Karate Center
Events at Hall Memorial Library
93 Main Street, Ellington
Friday, May 6th
7 pm - Li Liu and The Traditions of Chinese Acrobats
The show is free but preregistration is required
visit http://library.ellington-ct.gov/ for details or call 860-870-3160.
Saturday, May 7th
12:30 pm - 4:00 pm: Holi Festival
A traditional Indian celebration that announces the passing of winter and the coming of spring. This is an outdoor event (rain date is June 11th). There will be music, dance, food and colored powders.
The activities are free but preregistration is required.
visit http://library.ellington-ct.gov/ for more details or call 860-870-3160