Extreme Kindness

Extreme Kindness

SAS and the Kindness Crew featured in Detroit News

SAS Brings ‘Extreme Kindness’ to Detroit Schools; Kindness Crew and SAS Employees to Prove that it’s ‘Cool to be Kind’
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DETROIT — Extreme Kindness, with the help of employees from the Detroit office of SAS, the business telligence company, and Communities in Schools, will volunteer and participate in a variety of fun and educational activities with students at Farwell Middle and Van Zile Elementary schools tomorrow.

Extreme Kindness is made up of four inspirational speakers from Canada whose mission is to connect the world through kindness. They are authors of the best seller, Cool to Be Kind: Random Acts and How to Commit Them and Call to Arms: Embrace a Kindness Revolution. SAS is bringing them to Detroit to inspire the company’s local employees and to celebrate corporate characteristics that have made the company successful for 30 years.

At the Detroit schools, students and adults will work together to paint a mural, plant flowers, build rockets and engage in a variety of arts and educational activities. The mural will be donated to the patients of the Children’s Hospital of Michigan. Extreme Kindness members will give an upbeat presentation on the importance and ease of committing acts of kindness.

“What makes the most difference in a young person’s life is the knowledge that someone cares,” said Janet Ray, Director of Comprehensive Services for Communities in Schools of Detroit. “The youth of Farwell Middle School and Van Zile Elementary can serve as models of how children can reach out and help others. Donating the mural to children in need is a perfect symbol of that.”

“In its 30th year, SAS has a long history of doing what is right for employees, customers and the community through a strong commitment to education, quality software and an innovative workplace,” said Kelly Ross, SAS Vice President of U.S. commercial sector sales. “Joining Extreme Kindness at these schools is a natural fit, and we’re just thrilled to participate in such a meaningful day.”

Members of the Kindness Crew provide keynote talks for myriad nonprofit organizations and Fortune 500 companies. They present regularly to business audiences about corporate social responsibility and the importance of infusing life and the workplace with passion and fun. They have spoken at more than 100 schools across Canada.

“We’re really excited about spreading our message in Detroit, and we find that kids are the best audience for it,” said Val Litwin of Extreme Kindness. “We hope they’re inspired by this day to do more good works, and use their natural enthusiasm and good spirits to inspire others.”

About Communities In Schools of Detroit
Communities In Schools of Detroit (CIS) champions the connection of needed community resources with schools to help students successfully learn, stay in school, and prepare for life. CIS of Detroit works with each of its partner schools to understand the unmet needs of its students and the challenges of the school community. In collaboration with more than 850 community organizations and businesses, CIS of Detroit brings more than $15 million worth of goods and services into Detroit schools. Currently, more than 71 schools contract with CIS to benefit over 30,000 students and their families. www.cisdetroit.org

About SAS
SAS is the leader in business intelligence software and services. Customers at 40,000 sites use SAS software to manage and gain insights from vast amounts of data, resulting in faster, more accurate business decisions; more profitable relationships with customers and suppliers; compliance with governmental regulations; research breakthroughs; and better products. Only SAS offers leading data integration, intelligence storage, advanced analytics and traditional business intelligence applications within a comprehensive enterprise intelligence platform. Since 1976, SAS has been giving customers around the world The Power to Know(R). www.sas.com

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