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National Arielle K. Sterrett Day – September 17, 2024

National Arielle K. Sterrett Day is observed on September 17 of each year and was created to honor the life of a young girl who lived a life of kindness and love, albeit a short one. Arielle, who passed away in October 2017, was a student at North Cobb High School in Kennesaw known for her philanthropy, dexterity, and numerous contributions to various clubs and campaigns.

Founded by Arielle’s mom, Michelle Rojas-Sterrett, this day has become an opportunity for people to show random acts of kindness. From volunteering for campaigns that care for the environment, to sending gifts to loved ones or friends. National Arielle K. Sterrett Day is a chance to rekindle the spirit of love and strengthen family ties.

History of National Arielle K. Sterrett Day

The word ‘kindness’ first appeared in written English around 1300 A.D., but it wasn’t until the late 14th century that its meaning began to develop into what it is today. It has developed into a part of a person’s personality over time as a long-standing history of generosity via human cultures and the family-friendly benefits associated with the idea of hospitality.

Aristotle, one of the fathers of Western philosophy, argued that kindness is one of the most important virtues. He said that people do good things not because they think they will get something in return, but out of compassion and a desire to help others.

In recent times, the study of kindness has been taken up by psychologists and researchers who are looking into its benefits for both individuals and societies. There is evidence that being kind makes people happier and healthier and that it can even lead to reduced crime rates.

There have been numerous acts of kindness, large and little, throughout history that have made the world a better place, even if some historians believe that the first act of kindness was when someone donated food or shelter to a stranger in need.

This particular kindness day, however, was founded by Arielle’s mom as a day to show an act of kindness in honor of her daughter. Arielle was born in 1999 and was a senior at North Cobb High School before she passed away. She was an Honor student and was involved in several school clubs as well. From environmental clubs to an Anti-Bully Committee, she participated in several school campaigns. Her energy and commitment made her an icon at home and in school. This day, which is also her birthday, was chosen to always remember her memory.

National Arielle K. Sterrett Day timeline

A Star Is Born

Arielle is born to the family of Guillermo Sterrett and Michelle Rojas-Sterrett.

October 2017
A Star Dies

Arielle dies at the age of 18.

November 2017
The Funeral

Arielle is laid to rest at the Transfiguration Catholic Church in Marietta, Georgia.

Arielle Sterrett Day

Michelle Sterrett starts Arielle K. Sterrett Day in memory of her daughter.

National Arielle K. Sterrett Day FAQs

What is the true meaning of kindness?

To be kind means treating others with consideration and respect, or performing a good deed.

How is kindness a strength?

It entails showing kindness, generosity, and compassion to others. In the world, it is one of the most common character strengths. Stress can be alleviated through acts of kindness. If you’re kind to yourself, it helps reduce anxiety, self-criticism, and perfectionism.

Is kindness a personality?

An act of kindness has the following traits: ethical characteristics, a pleasant demeanor, concern, and consideration for others. In many cultures and faiths, it is regarded as a virtue and a value.

How to Observe National Arielle K. Sterrett Day

  1. Show some love

    This day is a good time to do some random acts of love. Whether it is granting someone a favor or feeding a stray dog, there are various deeds of kindness that can display care and affection. It might just take little acts like a simple hug or a positive compliment to lift someone’s mood.

  2. Donate to charity

    From cancer treatments to unexpected environmental disasters, the world is never in shortage of a humanitarian campaign. This day is a great chance to contribute to a good cause that could improve someone else’s life.

  3. Treat your friends

    It’s essential to maintain relationships with family and friends. Celebrate this day by sending gifts to your loved ones or visiting a friend you haven’t seen in a while. Spend time with the ones close to you on this day and show your appreciation for them through compliments, gifts, or even food.

5 Facts About N.G.Os That Are Worth Noting

  1. They are often non-profit

    Every penny generated from N.G.O. projects gets utilized for the community.

  2. They lead humanitarian campaigns

    N.G.Os exist mainly to help the less fortunate in the world.

  3. NGOs are public-funded organizations

    From government grants to fundraisers and individual donors, N.G.Os usually rely heavily on donations.

  4. They never use armed forces

    N.G.Os have a ban on guns and weapons near their offices or project sites.

  5. N.G.Os have a code of neutrality

    Neutrality is a must to be able to provide aid and relief to both ends of a conflict which is why N.G.Os are always independent organizations.

Why National Arielle K. Sterrett Day is Important

  1. It’s a chance for random acts of kindness

    Whether it's a warm hug, a nice compliment, or just holding the door, this day is an opportunity to put a smile on someone’s face through a kind act. Look out for opportunities to lend a helping hand to someone random or maybe even feed a stray animal.

  2. It reminds us of the value of life

    Perhaps the most important lesson to learn from the life of Arielle is the need to appreciate and cherish every waking moment. This day is a reminder of the uncertainty of life and the need to strive to always live life to the fullest.

  3. It’s an opportunity to repair relationships

    The essence of the day sets a reflective mood. One where people are encouraged to think about the positive angles rather than the negative. This day is a chance to revisit difficult conversations and try to sort out misunderstandings.

National Arielle K. Sterrett Day dates

2024September 17Tuesday
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2026September 17Thursday
2027September 17Friday
2028September 17Sunday

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