The Newington Parks and Recreation Department is adopting a new movement titled: the Building a Strong Community Kindness Counts Program. We would like to encourage members of the community to do acts of kindness for their neighbors and fellow Newington residents and in return be recognized as outstanding, thoughtful Newington residents. Some examples of acts of kindness include: helping your neighbor with their leaves/lawn, baking them a pie or bringing them a hot meal, giving them a ride, and/or any other selfless demonstrations of kindness. Once you do an act of kindness, the recipient or the kindness provider can call the Parks and Recreation office at 860-665-8666 and describe what happened or fill out a Kindness Counts Program Nomination Form that can be found on the Newington Parks and Recreation website at www.newingtonct.gov/parksandrec. Parks and Recreation volunteers will then drive out to your home and place a green and white colored lawn sign in your lawn indicating that you have demonstrated an act of kindness and it will recognize your generosity. We are anticipating that the whole town will be covered with these attractive lawn signs in a short time and that being kind might become infectious. Our hope is that when a sign is witnessed in a fellow neighbor’s lawn, it will motivate other neighbors to also be kind. The intent is to emphasize the positive attributes Newington residents possess. Parents will then have many teachable moments to deliver positive messages to their children about doing good and being kind. People of all ages can all be part of the movement. Hopefully Newington will be a trend setter for goodness and kindness in a very short period of time. The program begins May 16, 2019 and ends on July 18, 2019. To culminate the two month celebration we will invite all the people that proudly host a Kindness Counts Lawn Sign to Mill Pond Park on Thursday July 18, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. during the Bring Your Own Cheese Party (BYOC) to enjoy a night of fun and town wide recognition. A live concert will feature the band, “What It Is,” an eight piece show, party, and dance band with a full horn section. We would very much like to encourage our Newington families to get involved. Let’s help make Newington a better place to live, work, and play. If you have any questions, please contact the Newington Parks and Recreation Office at 860-665-8666.